Candice Lin

Artwork

Birth of a Nation
Birth of a Nation
2008. Ink and watercolor on paper, 44 x 54 in.
The Worm Husband
The Worm Husband
201. The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley: Provocative Art at LACE. Hand-blown terrarium in which silkworms weave cocoons.
System for a Stain
System for a Stain
2016. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Gasworks, London.
System for a Stain
System for a Stain
2016. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Gasworks, London.

Artistic Statement

The work I make seeks to denaturalize and make visible the ways that power operates in the world. My work mobilizes discrepant bodies, contaminated objects, and the porousness of boundaries that are blurred and everchanging. My work is research-based, interdisciplinary and historically referential, focusing on global and often colonial histories of objects such as sugar, porcelain, poisonous plants, or the color red. I also work with narrative, building speculative stories around historical and fictional characters.

I am interested in using materials and subject matter to disrupt what the theorist Mel Y. Chen has called the “animacy hierarchy”—a distribution of the value of aliveness or deadness to different forms in the world, and the way these attributions are embedded in racialized, gendered, sexualized or ableist uses of language and representation.

Bio - CV

Candice Lin (b. 1979,  Concord, Massachusetts, USA)  is a multimedia artist working primarily in sculpture and video. She received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. She lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

Lin is known for her ethnographic approach to art-making alongside crude fantasy scenes and post-colonial critique. She is a co-founder and co-director of the artist space Monte Vista Projects. Recent solo exhibitions include at Gasworks, London, UK; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, USA; and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; and she has had work included in group exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, USA; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil; and Sculpture Center, New York, USA.

Davidoff Art Initiative artist in residence
Altos de Chavón, Dominican Repubplic

Janurary - March 2018