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Graphic Design

Zilu Lin

Zilu Lin is a Communication Designer from China. She has a first class honours undergraduate BA in Graphic Design from Winchester School of Art. Her work ranges from editorial publications, photography, moving image, performance and font design. She is passionate about experimenting with different mediums to design and communicate with. She is currently focused on poetically mixing old and new techniques to explore universal themes such as locations, nature, nostalgia, and memory. 


Exhibition:

Work in progress show, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2021 

Loops, Fugitive Voices online exhibition, 2020 

Acts of Making, Graphic Arts Festival, Hoxton Arches Show, London, UK, 2018 

Portsmouth Book Fair, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK, 2018 

Opening day Book Fair, Archie Studio, Southampton, UK, 2017 

Degree Details

School of Communication

Graphic Design

Due to lockdown, I couldn’t reach elsewhere except the spaces around me. This gave me more time to wander between specific spaces alone and perceive space uncertainty. Those familiar but unfamiliar spaces magnify my senses infinitely; I always feel that I am indifferent dimensions, lost in the concept of time. I frequently ask myself, am I in reality or another parallel world?

My project this time focuses on different sites (home / woods / unsettled places). I investigate the link between myriad ways of human behaviour, image production and the visual impact of digital interference on the analogue images. Through archiving / collecting / visual diary methodologies in different locations I poetically guide these produced images into three sections to convey my observations, thoughts and emotions during the lockdown period.

Nest poems / In << the poetics of space>>, it metaphor home as a universe
Inside pages / stuck(nest)
Inside pages / stuck(nest)

The first section nest mainly focuses on me staying in the home for a long time during the lockdown. I re-observed my living space in detail and gradually developed illusions about different corners of space. I was thinking about finding the infinite plasticity of domestic space in a limited area, so I used an analogue visual diary to record my observations and think about my nest. "Stuck" is my redefinition and reflection on the space I am in.

Medium:

Publication, Moving images
Stuck (nest) section physical publication
Nest

“See, hear, eat, touch, curl up in a shell, become a dot floating in every corner. Breathing, breathing, a flower is growing out from the drawer. Light shapes continue to change; I caught the air and swallowed it. I’m the line, the circle, the cube, visible, invisible. One, two, three, what time is it? No one cares, neither do I. Dangling from left to right, spin.”


(Materials: dust, hair, cloth, earplugs, sesame, sewing thread, cream….)

Medium:

Moving images, 16mm

Size:

2'31''

In the second section, woods, I explore the way people have lost intimate contact with others because of the epidemic. I turned this desire for intimacy to a desire for nature — I chose woods. Intending to explore this intimate connection from physical to emotional, I make images to reconstruct this connection using natural materials brought back from woods, and working with them using analogue media. These images are my reflections, emotions, memories about the places that I visited. I transformed these elements back to my body and mind to create indirect connections. These connections may be imaginary, fantasy, or real. 

Medium:

Publication, Moving images

Size:

210mm x 148mm
Escape (woods) section physical publication
Connection

"Roots, stems, leaves, lines, rhythm, observation, reflections, me, nature, strangers - connected."


Medium:

Moving images, 16mm & 8mm

Size:

1'36''
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The third section, ‘Unsettled places’, focused on travel photographs that I took in different places before the outbreak. These analogue images contain my previous memories in different locations. But for me, some memories are clear, and some of them are ambiguous. Therefore, I was thinking about how to use different methods of treating the analogue material to reconstruct my memories, and attach new emotion to old freedom days. I mixed chemicals to treat the analogue images, enlarge their features materiality, also I collaged processed images with objects and marks, by using digital processing.


Medium:

Publication