Candice Lin, born in Concord, Massachusetts, is a multimedia artist and part of the Davidoff Art Initiative residency program.  Lin graduated from Brown University in 2001 earning a double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics. She went on to receive her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Lin is a multimedia artist with focus on sculpture, installments, and video. She seeks to denaturalize and shed light on the ways that power and social hierarchies exists in the world around us. Her work is research-based and focuses on historically reference-able subjects. She enjoys creating theoretical stories around fictional characters, often creating postcolonial critiques alongside crude fantasy scenes.

Candice Lin, “Sycorax’s Collections,” 2012, etching with watercolor and dried plants.

Known for her ethnographic approach to art-making, Lin is, “interested in using materials and subject matter to disrupt what the theorist Mel Y. Chen has called the “animacy hierarchy”—a distribution of the value of aliveness or deadness to different forms in the world, and the way these attributions are embedded in racialized, gendered, sexualized or ableist uses of language and representation.”

Candice Lin, “Birth of a Nation,” 2008, watercolor and ink on paper, 42 ¼ x 55 1/8 x 2 in.,

Lin finds inspiration from past events that are told and remembered without sharing the whole truth, than she researches and creates pieces using different forms of media like drawing, painting, installations, and videos to further highlight these contemporary prejudices. She uses her art to educate and demonstrate that many past imbalances of power and truth are still at work today. Lin’s work is intellectual, deep, and critical.


The centerpiece of the Davidoff Art Initiative is the Davidoff Art Residency.

Each year, the Davidoff Art Residency offers residency positions for Caribbean artists who participate in five artist-residency programs worldwide, as well as for approximately five artists from outside the Caribbean region who spend three months in the Dominican Republic. A limited number of positions are also reserved for curators and writers working on projects of relevance to Caribbean art.

Artist residency programs help working artists develop their skills, make connections within global networks, earn exposure for their work, and share their expertise with others. In offering emerging and mid-career artists an opportunity to spend an extended period of time working in a different social and creative environment from their own, the Davidoff Art Residency serves as a conduit for professional mobility, cultural immersion, and creative exchange.

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