Candice Lin: Book of Secrets
From August 2018 to June 2019, LA-based artist Candice Lin was the Wanlass Artist in Residence at Occidental College. The program enables artists to investigate aspects of their practice and share it campus wide with the college. Her residency took place in the fall of 2018 in the form of ARTS 290: Art Outside the Bounds course, which she titled Interspecies Entanglements in the Queen’s Closet. The class forged a non-alienated relationship to nature and the materials we use to create art. Students processed their own wild clay, ground their own pigments, and grew mushrooms with their distilled urine.
From January 31 to April 5, 2019, Candice created a solo exhibition at Occidental College’s Weingart Gallery, titled The instructable speech of objects. The installation of sculptures and drawings traced the materialist history of colonial goods, such as indigo, opium, sugar, porcelain and tea. It looked at the entangles connections between these items and the racialized language around their dispersal and value. This publication is the third part of the Wanlass residency, and it draws together the themes explored in the classroom and gallery.
This publication was coproduced by the Kathryn Caine Wanlass Charitable Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
Design: Becca Lofchie
Editing: Elizabeth Pulsinelli