Linan Su

PTDW Grad Noontime Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 12, 12:15 p.m.1:00 p.m.

280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 319

Untitled, 62"x67", Acrylic, Oil, Matte Media, Pencil, Marker, 2019


Born and raised in the southern China, I spent most of my life in a port city besides the South China Sea. I kept painting and drawing as a hobby for many years before I came to the US for college, where it suddenly became a new thing that is yet to be experienced.

At this point, and to me personally, painting is a very loud media that exposes itself without any hesitation. Especially those gigantic works; they can be heard from very far. However, under lots of conditions, I’m hiding from that exposure in paintings. Fragmented figures and abstract shapes that meet and pull away from each other are things that appear repeatedly in my paintings. They are isolated, rootless, fragile and almost photophobic. Sometimes the figures and shapes entangle with and conceal each other in a way that it is hard to penetrate what the painting is about exactly. If I have to choose a major theme for my paintings, I may choose “silence”.