ART BASEL HONG KONG 2021: Lin Yan | No Return

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 19 - 23 May 2021 

Dates: 19 May – 23 May 2021


Lin Yan is internationally recognised for her site-specific installations, sculptures, and two-dimensional works made of Chinese rice paper (Xuan paper).  In the past decade, Lin has been employing Chinese rice paper to bring out the essence, depth, and complexities of this traditional medium, particularly to illustrate its associated Eastern aesthetics and philosophy in the contemporary context. The diverse representations of materiality are of paramount importance for the artist. Lin’s meditative works poetically reveal the textural and painterly qualities of her creative process by crumbling, folding, layering, mounting, and casting the Xuan paper, and often executed either without colour or with dark ink.


In early 2017, Lin Yan started to create a new series named after the Big Dipper called Regeneration of Hope. The works are presented as site-specific installations and are located in various cities globally, commenting on the everlasting global warming and environmental deterioration. Life and death have become a frequently raised topic during this trying time of the worldwide pandemic. Lin creates the installation work “Megrez II - No Return”, which depicts the essential components of the ecosystem as well as the unity between nature, humanity, and the universe.   Therefore, Lin’s work opens a contemplative portal for the viewer to delve into the world of inner peace by appreciating its splendid imagery, structure, and lyricism.