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Created: March 6, 2003
Latest Update: March 6, 2003
Backup of Monika JM Lin
Monica Lin was born in Manhattan and was awarded art scholarships to Otis Parsons and College of Creative Studies in Santa Barbara. She has had numerous shows in California, New York and Germany.
Through her paintings, Lin explores the transformation of symbols and icons as they cross over boundaries of nationality, language and mythology. Ms. Lin is drawn to investigate written and visual histories, how symbols and icons are created and used, and how these images affect belief systems and cultures. Ms. Lin explains, "My paintings are a constant exploration of my displacement in a culture not truly my own, of my struggle to understand this culture and those of my ancestorsí, and my emerging relationship with an independent culture born out of my mixed-race, displaced status."
With poignant images of handprints, winged figures, lone trees, and childrenís clothing, Lin captures images that we can all relate to on our own terms. Her work often addresses the isolation and loneliness that she felt as a child as a result of being culturally distinct from those around her. "I donít feel that I have one true community," she says. But Lin also shows us that no matter how alone we may feel, transcendent images can provide us a deeply personal sense of connection. More examples of Lin's work can be viewed at Toomey Tourell Gallery.
Pictured above right is Dress With Bird, 40"x30", 1999, encaustic on panel. Click image to enlarge. Backup