ELEEN LIN TAIWAN, b. 1982
Born in Taiwan and growing up in Thailand with a Western education, before emigrating to the United States, artist Eleen Lin has been shaped by her experience as a third culture kid. She is known for a colorful body of work that combines traditional styles and techniques with modern imagery, patterns and textures, reiterating folklore and classical literature into contemporized cross-cultural narratives.
In her long-term, ongoing series, “Mythopoeia,” Lin takes on Herman Melville’s classic man vs. nature chronicle, "Moby Dick" with a surprising twist. Inspired by a series of mistranslations of the epic novel from English into Mandarin, she combines recognizable elements of Melville’s narrative with mythological references and allusions to historical and current events, cultural artifacts, and global politics.
An examination of the rich symbolism found in her surreal compositions reveals Lin’s interest in the immigrant and refugee experience, along with an intimate understanding of what it means to be an explorer, an outsider, a discoverer of new and hidden truths. Taking into account her own mixed heritage, she combines imagery, mythology and historical references into complex and layered commentaries on modern living, cultural tropes, and social realities.
2022 THE BROOKLYN RAIL
2016 THE WOVEN TAIL PRESS
2014 365 ARTISTS 365 DAYS