Jennifer Mien Mien Lin is an internationally exhibited photographer residing in New York City, splitting her time in Miami.
As Susan Sontag expressed, “All photographs are Memento Mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability and mutability.” Lin's work expresses an investigation into what makes us human; in particular what it means to be a woman in this world. Her photographs and mixed media works lifts the veil of the conventional visual canon to uncover other more furtive and subtle realities.
Lin has been a photographing women her entire professional life as an artist. Her work are visual expressions of the sensual codifications of femininity.
As a young adult, education and travel became the key to understanding both her own development as an individual; a female Asian immigrant in North America. She became increasingly aware of the devastating negative consequences that sexist, repressive societies can have on girls and women.
Born in Taipei and spent her childhood and adolescence in a traditional Taiwanese family. Taiwanese cultural values follow the Confucian preference for sons, particularly of the first-born. It was not until she was 17 that she fled these glaring gender inequality.
Her photography focuses on universal female archetypes. They reveal an aesthetic fascination with the navigation of the female body through natural and artificial environments and the visual relationships that are forged between space and body.
As an artist of multiple nationalities, Lin taps into her own pluralism, using it to strengthen her position as an “émigré flâneur”, an artist who observes the accelerated world with an unusual sensitivity that lends itself to the worlds she creates through her photography, painting and mixed media sculptures.
She is also currently an Artist Ambassador for peace with the Keep the World Foundation based in Frankfurt, Germany.