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Cynthia Lin

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Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89, 60.5 x 128 inches, graphite and charcoal on paper, 2008.
Upper left detail of Cropc2aCrop7detMouth89, Detail is 29.75 x 40 inches of 60.5 x 128 inches total
Crop7aRaySsideface, 113 x 36.6 inches, charcoal and graphite on paper, 2008
Crop2YCsidemouth41407, 83 x 27 inches, graphite and charcoal on paper, 2007
Crop3Dsnosemouth, 66 x 71 inches, graphite on paper, 2008
Artist's Statement

This work examines the fragility of the human condition through meticulously rendered orifices and scars.  Based on computer scans, these graphite drawings both literally and figuratively scrutinize notions of the “factual,” leading to reconsiderations of privacy, identity, gender, race, beauty, and mortality. Through monumental scale and devotion to the handmade, they engage conflicting experiences of discomfort and fascination. The colossal orifices, pressed against glass, aim to convey a tension between intimacy and vastness that evokes conflicting aspects of modern life.  They are vulnerable to scrutiny yet mysterious, unique yet anonymous, truthfully represented yet easily misread. Disruptions, such as breath condensation and twitching, and printing “failures,”such as banding and pixellation, create informational gaps that lead to experiencing complexity, enigma, and the subjective.



2009 Yaddo Artist Fellowship
2006 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2002 Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation


2010 Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, NY, “Observant” (upcoming May)
2010 Ramiken Crucible, New York, NY, “The Logic of Disarrangement”
2009 Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY, “ Re-Inventing Silverpoint”
2008-09 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, “Drawn to Detail”
2008-09 Michael Steinberg Gallery, New York, NY, “Back to the Drawing Board”
2008 Michael Steinberg Gallery, New York, NY, “Drawings of Skin,” solo
2008 National Academy of Design, New York, NY, “183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art”
2005 Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, “Selections from the Permanent Collection”
2002 The Drawing Center, New York, NY, “Realistic Means”
2002 Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY, “Hair Stories”