Color Vision Doyennes; Lin Wang
Meeting up with super talented visual artist Lin Wang for the march edition of Color Vision Doyennes!
I remember my first encounter with Lin’s art. It was at Bergen Kunsthall during the Master exhibition of Bergen Art and design school. I remember her exquisite porcelain pieces, especially a porcelain bone with gold embellishment. It made such an impression on me I just had to meet up with this talented woman.
When I meet up with Lin she’s having a pit stop in Bergen, before returning to her residency at Porsgrunns Porselensfabrikk. “It is one of the few places I can produce my art, porcelain requires a burning oven and specialist equipment” Lin says. This year Lin is working towards a solo exhibition at Kunsthall Grenland, opening April 5th, 2019. At Porsgrunn porselensfabrikk Lin is making scales for a 20 meter long installation! The project is called exotic dreams and poetic misunderstandings – The silk roads.
It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century, the Silk Roads as a link shows —how the fate of the West and the East have always been inextricably linked to each other.
Through my upbringing in China my grandparents read Scandinavian mythology to me. Thus I became besotted with western fairy tales about the sea. As a child in China, I considered Europe to be an exotic world partly due to the political dichotomy that separated the West from the East.
What I find very interesting about Lin is that her art spans across many disciplines. She makes objects, does performance dinners and is also involved in fashion and tattoos. I ask Lin if she’d like to continue doing tattoos after her performance at Høstutstillingen in 2016 – where she tattooed on model Haavard Kleppe. She tells me it was a very interesting experience for her. “Since I’m usually academic, it was an important step to break out of that mold doing tattoos”. Lin has started tattooing more, and would like to learn how to become a tattoo artist. “Tattoos are so interesting, because they can reveal quite intimate stories” Lin tells me.
How do you feel about fashion in all this?
“I love fashion!” Lin laughs. Many of my friends are fashion designers, and I draw a lot of fashion illustrations myself. Lin does not think there are sharp borders between disciplines – fashion is inspiring, and I view it as contemporary art.