The Focus series of works was presented in Lin Tianmiao's first solo exhibition of print works in China, at the Long March Space in 2008 and evidences the sensitive handling of materials that her practice is known for. This series of works was made in collaboration with technicians and print-makers at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute where the artist combined different methods of production to create the paper itself. A sparse, faintly visible, human portrait is coaxed gently into dialogue with the work surface, the minimal representation of human features interacting with the indentations and perforations on the paper. The overlapping of image and material offer a cultural metaphor for a rapidly modernizing China, inviting the viewer to contemplate its human impact. Lin Tianmao has worked in a range of media often highlighting binary dichotomies: the tension between tradition and modernization, private versus public, personal versus cultural, male versus female, often from a staunchly female perspective. She works commonly with thread and is known widely for her thread winding technique in which she winds silk or cotton thread around an object to completely cover it and transform its shape. Works from the Focus series are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Chinese installation artist, born 1961

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Focus print 06-601B 《聚焦》印刷品 06-601B, 2007
Silk, cotton threads, foam, and print paper made by the Singapore Tyler Print Institute 絲綢、棉線、泡沫、新加坡 Tyler Print Institute 所製作的印刷紙
50 x 39.37 in (127 x 100 cm)
7 of 10 (+ 4 AP, signed, numbered, and dated recto)
Courtesy of Galerie Lelong

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Focus print 06-601B 《聚焦》印刷品 06-601B
  • Dimensions
    50 x 39.37 in (127 x 100 cm)