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As a third culture kid inhabiting in non-places of generic cities, I have always been concerned with the subject of cultural hybridity. In the age of cultural cannibalism where everything is brought together and rearranged to formulate new identities, I reiterate Chinese folklore stories into contemporized cross-cultural narratives. The “Pet Series” paintings transform mystical intimacies between man and animal to represent urbanites’ complex obsession with pet ownerships. The paintings illustrate the nomadic solitary experience of drifting among various traditions, and the obscurity of cultural boundaries today.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Thailand, UK, Vienna, and the USA, Eleen Lin holds an MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art and a BA from Slade School of Fine Art in the United Kingdom. Her work has been exhibited in Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea; and galleries throughout Austria, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. Lin has been awarded an Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award, a Sanyu Scholarship, and has participated in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program as well as the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.