Amy Lin Applies Her Chemical Engineering Background to Intricate Works on Paper
Using color pencil and mixed media on paper, Lin’s dot-filled works resemble beads strung onto a necklace or neurons buzzing on a molecular level. Her work references
With titles like Abiotic (2013) and Regeneration (2010), Lin’s scientific influences are made explicit. As the artist once explained, “On one level, the interactions are physical and the dots exist as particles or molecules. On another level, the interactions are social and the dots represent humans.” This rich layering of meanings is profound, if vague. Lin characterizes the dots she draws on paper as analogs for humans, insisting that “from a macroscopic level they are all the same, but close up the differences become apparent.”
In Nexos (2015), waves of variously-sized red dots cascade from an unseen point. At first the dots seem to be the same, but after closer examination, some are cut open to reveal contrasting colors underneath. Orange, blue, and green dots emerge from the same off-white background, similarly connected by a network of curvilinear lines. If representative of individuals in society, the relationships between them appear harmonious and emphatically linked.
Lin’s meticulous drawings suggest several understandings of space—as a field of energy, a constellation of stars, or a mental map of independently linked parts. All three are imagined at once, in layers, and with poetic vision.
“Dreamworlds” is on view at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, from May 9 - Jun. 27, 2015.