Originally from Hong Kong, Lin Li now resides in Glasgow, Scotland. Coming from an academic and employment background in Social Sciences and disability service, she gradually shifted her vocation to fine art. Her art practice started with a focus on painting and then expanded to other modes of expression. In 2011, she started using video as a creative medium; and moving image and sound are now the core elements of her practice.
Through her creative practice, Lin reflects on life and the world around her. Using an array of languages of practice, she translates her reflections from the intangible into the palpable. This process of translation is one of birth and growth, with an idea going through a period of gestation and slowly developing into a piece of work, accompanied by a layering of new associations and multiplicities of meaning. Where responses to political events enter into this process (as in Unvoiced-Voiced), they often become entwined with personal concerns, and what emerges is less an affirmation of specific political positions than a vehicle to raise questions and hint at multifarious interpretations.
Having moved from one country to another, and being a cultural hybrid, Lin also has to deal with languages and translation of a different kind - the languages which she speaks and thinks in. Translation involves borrowing and transformation. While fully integrated into an English speaking environment, she often intentionally or subconsciously borrows materials from her Chinese root - its language, art forms and poetic ideas about nature - and transforms them into works with meanings which are not circumscribed by cultural specificity.
Festival Internacional de Videoarte (FIVA) 2015, 30 November and 1, 2 December, Buenos Aires, Argentina