River LIN 林人中
Invisible Portraits | 看不見的肖像
Oil / Ink / Charcoal on paper
30 x 30 cm
Commissioned and collectible by Capsule Shanghai
For this performance, the artist draws portraits of audience members while blindfolded. In the absence of visual cues, LIN generates his interpretation of the participant’s identity through physical contact, dialogue, and/or sensory perception. His sight is gleaned through tactile cues and verbal interactions with his audience. Thus, the artist taps into characteristics of each participant’s presence that are embodied or invisible and then creates a record of the interaction in the form of a drawing. This performance prompts us to ask ourselves: What constitutes presence in the absence of sight? How are our sounds, scents, and voices indicative of our identity?