Art Exhibit Series

Horse Expressions

"Horse Expression: Nature vs. Culture" by Qian Lin is a collection of compositions representing the metaphysical meeting ground of nature and culture, using the horse and Chinese calligraphy as staged drama for artistic expression.

In contrast with classic Chinese paintings, in which man and his actions are rendered small and insignificant while nature omnipotent and magnificent, Lin’s images transport us to an entirely different reality. There, the negotiation between intertwined physical forms beckons reflection on coexistence and dominance, on a nature to be cultured, a culture to be consecrated, the challenge for one to live within and alongside the 
other and the threat of mutual devaluation or diminishment.

Lin's art focuses on the viewpoint of the animal, rather than that of the human. Throughout history, the 
horse carries connotations of harnessed labor, militarism and entertainment, namely as subjugated under 
man. To depict the horse in said context is to tell the story not of the animal, but of the human experience;
 this perspective is consequently not of interest to Lin. Rather, she endows her animal with interior life and 
soul, capturing the essence of the animal existence, untainted.



Born in Sichuan, China, Qian Lin (林倩) first trained as an aerospace engineer, graduating with a B.S. from
 Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a M.S. from the University of Michigan. While working towards a Ph.D degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Lin ventured into an Introduction to Art History course 
and was completely mesmerized. This, her first exposure to the world of western art, eventually led to her decision to switch career and become an artist. Lin received formal studio art education and training at the 
University of Pittsburgh (1995) and at Brandeis University (1996-1998). Since then she lived and worked in 
Boston, Massachusetts before moving to New Haven, Connecticut in the fall of 2006.

Horse Expression: Nature vs. Culture is Qian Lin’s first solo show in New Haven. The exhibit was on view in the Bierwirth Room of the Yale-China office at 442 Temple Street in New Haven. An opening night reception was held on Saturday, November 6 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. The exhibition ran through December 23, 2010.

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