Artist-led workshop: Saturday, August 8, 12-2pm
18th Street Arts Center | Main Gallery
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Lin will lead a public workshop exploring the world of herbal essences and their use to create natural fragrances of various kinds and tastes. Participants will be led through the process of fragrance production on a non-chemical and purely traditional basis solely using those natural substances she examined in her previous activities as an artist. These will continue in a further workshop announced for August 29 exploring the hormonal properties of plants and their synthesis within the human body.
Los-Angeles based artist Candice Lin continues her research into the historical and contemporary use of plants in medicine, cultural objects, food, consciousness-research, and foraging practices in the Artist Lab. This exploration, ongoing from her past work, questions how socio-political interests engage with power, circulating within language and form in the specific contexts of gendered relationships to technology, nature, food, and domesticity. Lin explores the gendered and racialized figure of the healer, herb-woman, or witch, and the role of botany in relationship to empire and colonialism.
Candice Lin’s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center is generously supported by the California Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.