About the Artist
Lili Chin is an artist based in New York City. Her multi-disciplinary artwork blends ancient ideas with personal experiences that are shaped by memory, time and landscape. She has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Scotland, among others. In 2013, her installation was commissioned by the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China. In 2018, she held a solo exhibition at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven, CT. Chin has participated in several international art residencies. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego [and] a BFA from Pratt Institute, New York.
These works belong to Istoria, a series of free-association monotypes that include layered processes of relief, collage, and drawing. Featuring collagraphs of botanical elements salvaged from domestic houseplants, geometric stencils and drawn forms, the work deals with abstract themes of decay and survival in a garden, filtered through processes of immersion and manipulation. My multi-disciplinary practice of working with a diverse spectrum of materials including film, clay, drawing and weaving informs these prints. Hidden relationships between plants, shapes, repetition, figuration and ancient history are visually explored in these works that merge abstraction, shape and representation. I am most captivated when physical and direct activities in printmaking converse with familiar processes in my sculptural and film work. Like a dream space, these ‘automatic’ prints become surreal conduits for environments and spaces that emerge from the subconsciousness of visual form, color and pattern.
All artwork images courtesy of the Artist.