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Hai-Wen Lin is a Chicago-based Taiwanese-American artist from northern California whose work explores constructions of the body and its relation to the surrounding environment. Skilled in the craft of origami since childhood, Lin has published numerous original origami diagrams and has taught folding workshops at UC Berkeley and MIT. Their art practice has since expanded, with painted, sewn, and sculptural works exhibited at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Mosesian Center for the Arts. They have performed at the Chicago Cultural Center and MU Gallery. Their artist books and zines have sold at the Boston Art Book Fair and have received recognition from the New England Book Builders, AIGA, and Design Observer. Lin received a B.A. from UC Davis in Design and Psychology and is a M.Des Candidate in Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are a recipient of SAIC’s New Artist Society Scholarship and Ox-Bow’s Leroy Neiman Fellowship.


in collaboration, in admiration

Artist Statement

Lin’s practice engages with the construction of diasporic identity through objects, instructions, and systems of measurement as they pertain to gender, culture, and everyday behavior. They are interested in re-contextualizing symbols, routines, and customs as forms of art and use this reframing as a means of challenging the arbitrariness in which the societal norms of both art and daily life are delineated. Queerness is frequently employed both as a method of unsettling traditional culture into new forms as well as a lens of examining how bodies and objects become oriented in disalignment with the world at large. Daoist thought offers Lin a grounding perspective to resolve the contradictory nature of life. Situated at the intersections of art, craft, and design, Lin’s work moves through garments, photographs, performance, sound, and printed ephemera, with formal inspiration often drawing from their Taiwanese heritage.

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