Menu Search
Movements
Artists
About Us
Blog
Artists Maya Lin

Maya Lin

American Architect and Sculptor

Maya Lin Photo
Movements and Styles: Minimalism, Earth Art

Born: October 5, 1959 - Athens, Ohio

"I am always trying to find a balance ... the place where opposites meet."

Maya Lin Signature

Synopsis

Even if she had designed nothing else, Maya Lin's first commission would make her one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century. Her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., a city known for its imposing monuments, is now one of the most iconic sights. Her use of a spare, low-slung wall to trace the line of the natural landscape became her trademark. Her minimalist approach to public art is to add something that looks like it was not originally there, but somehow belongs. Swells of earth interrupt the grassy terrain ever so slightly in her outdoor installations, so that if one is not viewing the work from high above or far away, one might not even notice them. The indoor sculptures on which she has focused recently maintain an implicit environmental focus, ideologically and visually evoking the rolling contours of remote geographic locations. In a career that began with controversy, Lin's 35-year record of public and private art successfully merges the conceptual and natural world.

Key Ideas

Most Important Art

Biography

Quotes

Like The Art Story on Facebook

Share