Kay H. Lin
林 桂 香
"Raising the Temperature"
Queens Museum, New York
February 2 - March 2, 2014
installations echo the themes of my paintings.
Abstract painting is like poetry and music; it
flows with space and rhythm. Painting is a poem that is seen. Reading a poem or
listening to music, a picture often appears. Poetry and music both deliver the
same abstract meaning to me. The seven basic notes (do, re, mi, fa,
so, la, ti) are as the seven rainbow colors. With
only a few elements, all music and all colors are created. Nature and
humanity are both foundations of my art; they are vast and limitless. They give
me the time to sense being alive and to live in the circle of life.
My works in this exhibition are based on the Sun, Air, and Water
– the three basic elements that help nature and humanity grow.
Sun, Air, Water - Bridge
Vinyl Site Specific Installation
Bridge Floor 644" x 84" and Walls 644" x 42.5" each
This work uses
the Museum's existing glass bridge to explore the intricate impact of
climate change. On one side of the bridge, the water rises over the city
skyline due to global warming. On the other side of the bridge, the trees
provide oxygen, clean the air and also prevent soil erosion by holding the
earth together with their roots.
II. Sun, Air, Water - Balloon
Mixed media installation with plastic bags, wire, living plants
Balloon 69" x 66" and Basket 33" x 18"
balloon is made from a collage of recycled plastic supermarket bags from all
different countries. The supermarket bags represent food, our basic human need.
The plastic recycled materials demonstrate conservation and waste reduction
while also showing how immigrants from different countries join together in
Greater New York as a hot air balloon that lifts us all. Below the balloon is a
basket of living green plants growing in soil (earth) with their leaves
trailing over the edge. They represent the greenery that provides oxygen and
gives life energy.