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Lynn Lu

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Lynn Lu
February 16th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1136 N. Milwaukee Ave


In my practice, the sentient body is seen as the main medium for perceiving and presenting (versus representing) meaning (versus message) through direct personal experience. Engaging vigorously with the present reality of all that is here-and-now, the meaning of my context-specific works often manifest in the resonant relationships created between myself and my audience, and between the audience themselves.

My current research looks at the connection between experiential knowledge and the innate human capacity for empathy, in relation to a genre performance art I call “gutty”. This gutty form of performance art which uses the body just as it is – as vulnerable/resilient/sensitive as it is in everyday life – relies heavily on empathy to create meaning that is not merely conceptual but also affective and visceral. In other words, I look at why some performances not only tickle our brains but also quite literally leave us feeling like we’ve been punched in the gut.



Lynn Lu is a visual artist from Singapore. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, completed a Doctoral program at Musashino Art University in Tokyo (ABD) on a full scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Among other honors, Lynn Lu was awarded Southampton Solent University’s Research and Enterprise Grant (2012), the Singapore National Arts Council International Development Grants from 2006 to 2013 (UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Belarus, USA, New Zealand, Australia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam), the National Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, and the Lee Foundation Grant (2003). She received the Lois Nellie Gill Award from the Ucross Foundation (2000), and the Samuel Rosenberg Senior Art Award from Carnegie Mellon University (1999). She has also been granted several prestigious artist fellowships, including residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in the United States, and Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since 1997, Lynn has exhibited and performed extensively in the United States, Singapore, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Belarus, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece, Argentina, and Canada.

Lynn has also taught, given talks and papers at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Columbia College, Vanderbilt University, Minerva Foundation, and San Francisco Art Institute in the United States; Camberwell College of Art (University of the Arts London), Wimbledon College of Art (University of the Arts London), Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London), Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University; PSi#18 at the University of Leeds, and TaPRA at the University of Kent in the UK; Sverigefinska folkhögskolan in Sweden; Theatre Academy Helsinki in Finland; Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich in Germany; at PSi #14 at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark; at Unitec in Auckland and Massey University in New Zealand; Hansung University and PANASIA’09 in Seoul, Korea; 10th OPEN Festival in Beijing, China, and National University of Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Lynn lives and works in London where she is Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) and Southampton Solent University, and curator of live art events at Solent each semester.


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