Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese artist based in New York. Growing up in her native Taichung, she was the odd kid among 20-something cousins and art making was how she found her place.
By promising her parents to be a teacher in order to study Art, she attended National Taiwan Normal University for her B.F.A. in Western Painting and taught for a year. Lin again found herself out of place within conservative social expectations and she came to Boston in search of her own voice. In 2007, she received her M.F.A. in sculpture, installation, and multimedia from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in partnership with Tufts University. In 2011 Jia-Jen founded DBS Collective, an interdisciplinary art collective of artists from different genres.
Jia-Jen creates images of the human body and its surroundings as a reflection of our psyche. Drawing from personal experience and observations, Lin uses sculpture integrated with photography, video, and performance to portray the ongoing negotiation between our latent desires and the manipulated realities in which we find ourselves. Hybrid cultures, shifting identities, and the relationships between our physicality and psychology are subjects Lin has investigated since 2004. Her recent projects explore the processes of catastrophic losses and how moderations of memories allow us to adapt to change.
Lin has participated in artist residencies at L’Estruch, Sabadell, Spain; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Exhibitions include Queens International 4, Queens Museum; Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, South Korea; Young Artist Discovery, Art Taipei; and Manufactura, Hangar Art, Barcelona. She has received grants from several United States organizations including Sculpture Space, Franconia Sculpture Park, and Brooklyn Arts Council.