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Lin Tianmiao, The Golden Mean, 2012, gold silk on panel, synthetic resin bones wrapped in gold thread, 15' 5 3/4“ x 6' 6 3/4”.

Lin Tianmiao

Asia Society | New York

Lin Tianmiao, The Golden Mean, 2012, gold silk on panel, synthetic resin bones wrapped in gold thread, 15' 5 3/4“ x 6' 6 3/4”.

Lin Tianmiao’s works, gathered here in her first retrospective, flesh out her evolving relationship with organic fibers while revealing that the sophisticated and collective processes by which she produces her sculptures and installations has remained a relative constant. Curated by Melissa Chiu, the exhibition of fifteen pieces begins with the China-based artist’s earliest major pieces from the mid-1990s, which feature cotton threads inspired by memories of her childhood, and concludes with newer works in silks connoting luxury and wealth. Her practice revels in the various textures these materials produce: Pale silk fabric may represent her skin, wound balls of cotton suggest a disembodied ego, and embroidery and silk fibrils swathe everything like insect threads.

Lin’s work is carefully produced by hand. This often leads viewers to draw associations with craft and to see in it

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