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Lin Tianmiao, Protruding Patterns, 2014, wool and acrylic yarn, carpets. Installation view, 2017.

Lin Tianmiao

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Lin Tianmiao, Protruding Patterns, 2014, wool and acrylic yarn, carpets. Installation view, 2017.

This show screamed out loud. Some 120 words in English and Chinese were woven into thick protuberances that rested on an assortment of antique carpets covering the entire floor of the gallery’s main room. These terms were all related to womanhood—expressions of appreciation or derogatory insults—and they reflected the stereotypes, social pressures, and repressive roles imposed for centuries on women all over the world. Over the past six years, Lin Tianmiao has collected approximately two thousand such words from different languages and their slang and local dialects, as well as from books, news sources, and the internet. Her lexical investigation of the evolution of female-related terminology within various cultural and social systems, such as those in China, Europe, and the US, demonstrates that there is little difference between goddess and witch, femme fatale and

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