Eric Lin’s Enlarged Scaled Heads Series: WCAAD Student Produces Exceptional Art for His Age
Eric Lin, 16 years old, is a current WCAAD student that has experimented with traditional and digital mediums.
His work echoes both a reminiscence to traditional “Old Master” approaches and Urbanism- specifically, murals and epitaphs.
The student artist’s observations of evolving city dynamics, cultural diaspora and messages from urban sensory (graffiti, music, fashion trends, our past), and our humanistic need to be immortalize through imagery is investigated.
Eric focuses on past and present iconic imagery and through expression and “enlarged scaled heads” he executes a series of colorful works.
These head studies formulate personnel and intimate contemplation of humanity and time and its relational relevance or “irrelevance” as time goes by.
Statuesque and recognizable icons become distortive, almost decapitate and recontextualizes through brush strokes and a stark contrast between contemporary bright color vs. dull photographic appearances.
The subject of the heads places the viewer as the interrogator of this beautiful yet grotesque scene and questions the idea of fame and immortality through manipulation of imagery and metaphors.
The current state of distant learning and the class profile of virtual portraits is also an influence of how Eric sees and is questioning the idea of space and reality.
The artwork themed “Striving” was created by Eric at the peak of the pandemic reflecting the tragedy and psychological downfall of COVID-19.
The loneliness that unfortunately is one of many consequences of this deadly decease to plague youth and many others. As we look to the top of the stairs to our “freedom”, the faint neon red glow illuminates the opening door. Blocking our path are white shoes painted almost entirely red by this ominous light. This apocalyptic seen plays out as a metaphor for the emptiness, and a halt on dreams. The shoes act as vessels representing isolation and death to daily normality. These expensive and idolized shoes become a material luxury and that have now been more evident the inequalities and what people put up as pillars for what they place faith in. Many people with economic situations in jeopardy and the unforeseen future gives this artwork a reflective time for the viewer as the artist intent is as well.
This artwork has been selected for the 2021 PHE International Art Exhibition themed “Health/Fighting Against COVID-19”.
Eric is currently exploring art and design majors. Stay tuned to see more exciting work.
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