Maya Lin Examines Disappearing Bodies of Water
by Ian Forster | Jul 12, 2013
Maya Lin with a model for her sculpture “Disappearing Bodies of Water: Lake Chad” (2013). Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Rafael Salazar Moreno.
“I love the environment. I love the world around us.” —Maya Lin
In today’s Exclusive, filmed in late 2012, Maya Lin discusses her marble sculpture series, Disappearing Bodies of Water, shown in progress at her Manhattan studio. Lin’s collective process of researching, drawing, model making, and mechanized fabrication led to these forms that highlight the erosion of Lake Chad, the Aral Sea, and the Arctic Ice Shelf. As a young woman growing up in Athens, Ohio, Lin staged protests against environmental crimes and cruelties. She continues to be an activist today, using her art to encourage closer examination of the natural world. Watch the film below:
As a producer and director, Ian Forster creates documentary content for Art21’s various digital and broadcast programs. Since joining the organization in 2009, he has worked on four seasons of Art in the Twenty-First Century
and the Peabody Award-winning film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible
. Additionally, he has overseen the digital series Extended Play
since 2012, producing over 100 short artist portraits. Forster created the online video series Artist to Artist
in 2013, which has since featured artists in conversation with their peers at international biennials in Italy, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
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