A memorial to the living
2,200 x 90 x 90 cm
wood, stones, shells, digital photo frame
Part of project The light of day is sweet
3-D works with sound
One of many
The process of creating this wire sculpture is not unlike that of getting to know a person. Starting with a randomly constructed mesh of wires and out of the various possibilities of forms and shapes suggested by this mesh, a portrait emerges. Gaps and holes are filled by the perceiver’s imagination. As the material is relatively rigid and yet malleable, the portrait can easily be changed. The process of image making and imagining could continue and may never be complete.
A common prayer
paper, ink, wood, wire, special mirror
Peace is the nebulous goal we seek, one which might be intangible, transient or slippery: are we able to see it, or will the good intention of all sustain its emergence?
Li(jo)n, the islander
Lijon Eknilang (1946-2012) was a Marshallese activist who spoke throughout the US and Europe about the health problems suffered by residents on the Marshall Islands as a result of the nuclear bomb testing at Bikini Atoll between 1946 and 1958.
Bird of Solace
65cm x 50cm x 30cm
Designed by Lin Li
Metal fabrication by Charles Engebretsen of Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Commissioned by Merle Ferguson as a statement of peace and in memory of Margaret Donaldson. Merle has specified that the words “Peace is a verb” be inccorporated into the sculpture.
Bird of Solace was donated by Merle to the Holy Isle in Scotland, where the sculpture finds its home in the beautiful Mandala Garden.
Examples of 2-D works (pre-2012)
Wait for us, Time
As part of between at Fringe Arts Bath, curated by Vicky Vatcher
Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June 2017, Bath, UK
This performance has evolved from two videos – Day by day by day and Appearance. Lin eats a bowl of rice at gradually reducing speeds and with increasing difficulty. Against a backdrop of a window view of changing seasons, an everyday activity which sustains life is transformed into a metaphor of impermanence and human effort to hold on to time.
Performance and installation as part of the exhibition Language of Silence, curated by Ashley Holdsworth
12 September 2015, The Virginia Gallery, Glasgow, UK
With her face submerged Lin sings a popular Chinese song Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower). Apart from being a personal attempt to achieve a free voice, Lin’s act references Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution of 2010/11 and its subsequent development , as well as unauthenticated reports that some Chinese local authorities had banned the sale of jasmine in 2011, seemingly fearful of the symbolic meaning attached to the flower.
An event with music, poetry and art
6 February 2011, St. Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow, UK
Presented by the Intercultural Music and Arts Project (iMAP) funded by Creative Scotland, the programme consisted of a unique combination of Chinese and Russian music performed by the iMAP Duo (Kim Ho Ip and Filip Davidse) and Russkaya Cappella, and poetry and art intervention by Lin Li.
The art intervention highlighted an underlying theme of the event – the transience of life and catching moments in time. A painting in acrylic (120cm x 150cm) which Lin had created beforehand depicting the main elements of the event was shown on stage in the second half of the concert. White paint was dripped over this painting when the Duo played a musical piece entitled ‘Nocturnal Rain’. At the end of the concert when all the musicians were involved in the performance of a song about farewell, more layers of white paint were applied over the canvas leaving only faint traces of the original images visible.
During the concert, Lin also recited some of her own poems.