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Maya Lin 1:5

Karin Sander, born 1957
Maya Ying Lin, born 1959
3D color scan of the living person, polychrome 3D inkjetprint, plaster material, color, pigment ink, scale 1:5
Sculpture: 33 × 8.3 × 5.7 cm (13 × 3 1/4 × 2 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of the Academy of Achievement/Wayne and Catherine Reynolds; 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize Recipient
© 2014 Karin Sander, Courtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna. All Rights Reserved.
Object number
Maya Ying Lin: American\Asian American\Chinese American
Exhibition Label
2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize Recipient
As a student at Yale University, Maya Lin (born 1959) redefined the conventional notion of a heroic war monument with her understated and controversial design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her work has continued to gain international attention, including large-scale installations such as Storm King Wavefield and what she describes as her “last memorial,” an environmentalist multimedia project titled What Is Missing.
Karin Sander’s diminutive 3-D scanned portrait reflects the architect’s sense of herself as a small part of a global environment. Like so many of Lin’s own designs, the unconventionality of this portrait invites the viewer to look more closely and see the sitter in a new way.
Siendo aún estudiante en la Universidad de Yale, Maya Lin (nacida en 1959) redefinió la noción convencional de los monumentos a los héroes de guerra con un sobrio y controversial diseño para el monumento a los veteranos de Vietnam en Washington, D.C. Sus obras han seguido recibiendo atención internacional, entre ellas instalaciones de gran escala como Storm King Wavefield y lo que describe como su “último monumento conmemorativo”: un proyecto ambientalista multimedia titulado What Is Missing.
En su diminuto retrato escaneado en 3D, la artista Karin Sander transmite la idea de que Lin se concibe a sí misma como un pequeño componente de un entorno global. Al igual que muchos diseños de la arquitecta, el carácter poco convencional de este retrato invita al espectador a acercarse y mirar a la modelo de un modo diferente.
Karin Sander [b.1957]; purchased NPG 2015
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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