Part of the “apartment art” generation, Lin Tianmiao is one of the first contemporary Chinese artists to achieve international recognition. She is known for her practice of thread winding in which she binds the material – usually silk, hair, cotton, or felt – tightly around found and manufactured objects. Initially tasked by her mother to spool cotton as a young girl, Lin later reclaimed the act. Lin’s work studies her own social role and the relationship between identity and social context, questioning the identity of woman and the conventional idea of the social role of woman as mother. Best known for her large-scale installations, Lin also works in sculpture, photography, video, and a variety of other media.
Solo exhibitions of Lin’s work have been held in China, Europe, and the United States. In 2015, the How Art Museum in China presented the solo exhibition 1.62M: Lin Tianmiao.
In 2013, the Asia Society Museum in New York presented Bound Unbound, the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition in the U.S. She has participated in the Istanbul Biennale, Turkey (1997); Shanghai Biennale, China (2002); Ireland Biennale (2002); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002, 2004); and Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2016). Lin’s work can be found in the public collections of museums including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; M+, Hong Kong; and Singapore Art Museum.
Lin was born in in 1961 in Taiyuan, China. She now lives and works in Beijing, China.