Maya Lin | 2012 DSVA Presenter

Maya Lin has maintained a careful balance between art and architecture throughout her career, creating a remarkable body of work that encompasses large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works and memorials.

In her large-scale environmental artworks, Lin has consistently explored how we experience and relate to the landscape. From her recent works, Storm King Wavefield (2009, an eleven-acre environmental reclamation project comprised of seven rows of undulating, rolling waves of earth and grass), and Where the Land Meets the Sea (2008, a drawing in space based upon the topology of the San Francisco Bay), back to her very first, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial — she has made works that merge seamlessly with the terrain, blurring the boundaries between two- and three-dimensional space and setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history, time, science and language.

Lin’s studio artwork draws inspiration from the landscape, interpreting the world through a twenty-first century lens, utilizing technological methods to study and visualize the natural world, merging rational order with notions of beauty and the transcendental and translating them into sculptures and drawings. The exhibitionSystematic Landscapes was the first to translate the scale and coherence of her outdoor installations to the interior space of a museum. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pace Gallery, the Arts Club of Chicago, and the Carnegie Museum of Art (2012). She is currently working on her next exhibit Rivers and Mountains at the Pace Gallery.

Maya Lin’s architectural works have been critically acclaimed with designs that create a strong connection to the landscape framing new and unexpected views to the environment and subtly blurring interior and exterior space- merging materials and design to establish a singular voice. Works have included institutional and private commissions, from a chapel and library for the Children’s Defense Fund, to Sculpture Center’s space in Long Island City to private residences throughout the United States.

She recently completed the design for the Museum of Chinese in America’s new space in lower Manhattan and is currently working on, amongst others, a medical research center in Cambridge, MA, an earthwork in New Zealand, and the Confluence Project, a multi-sited installation that spans the Columbia river system in the Pacific Northwest, intertwining the history of Lewis and Clark with the history of the Native American Tribes that inhabit those regions.

Lin’s work asks the viewer to reconsider nature and the environment at a time when it is crucial to do so. A committed environmentalist, she is at work on her last memorial, What is Missing? a multi-sited artwork that raises awareness about the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss.

She received a BA from Yale in 1981 and a MA from Yale University in 1986, and has maintained a professional studio in New York City since then. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Design Award, an AIA Honor Award, and the Finn Juhl Prize. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2005 was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Maya Lin lives in New York City with her husband and their two children. She is represented by the Pace Gallery.

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