KÜNSTLERHAUS

BETHANIEN

Künstler*innen

Jia-Jen Lin

USA/Taiwan

Jia-Jen Lin, I Don’t Know If It Even Exists- Mirror Lake, 2019, video projection, sound, fabric, Mylar, music stand, paint, dimensions variable (approx. 600 x 444 x 144 in).

Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese-American artist based in New York. Lin’s works mediate the body, space, human condition, and our society. She explores human experiences and how they inhabit our bodies despite different space and time. Her installations often span several media, including sculpture, photography, video, sound, text, and performance. With an interdisciplinary approach, Lin creates visual presentations to investigate the human body and its surroundings as a reflection of our psyche. She investigates the subjects of cultural identities, correlated relationships between our physicality and psychology, and the resemblance between artmaking and manufacturing in social content.

Lin’s works have been shown in the Queens Museum, Franconia Sculpture Park, the Watermill Center, gr_und, Brooklyn Army Terminal, and Rubber Factory in New York, among other places. Previous sponsored artist-in-residences include the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, L’Estruch, and Sculpture Space. In 2022, Lin will present a solo exhibition at the Locust Projects in Miami and attend an Autumn Expedition with the Arctic Circle in Svalbard, Norway.

During her residency, Lin continues to work on her new project entitled Treading on Thin Ice to explore a post-landscape theme that contemplates human conditions under progressive catastrophes resulting from social issues and climate change. By employing the concept of landscape as traces of human history, a battleground, and an extension of the human body, Lin presents a post-landscape where nature, human activities, and materiality intersect. The final presentation will be integrating sculptures with video projections and sound elements into a large and site-specific installation.