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Not Quite Made in China

Rocks and other memories from Sichuan

For the NON NATIVE NATIVE FAIR, Katharine is presenting three new one-of-a-kind original watercolor paintings of rocks sourced from a dried riverbed in Sichuan province, China. She collected the physical rocks together with her mother and maternal grandfather in 2018. These rocks are a meditation on memory, identity, place, heritage, and cultural belonging. They are quiet studies on a stark white background, simple yet complex upon closer examination. They mirror the quietness the artist has felt about her Asian-ness throughout her life. They represent a yearning and longing for a sense of belonging, for a culture and place from which she feels farther and farther removed the more time she spends in Europe.


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Katharine Lin (she/her) is a second-generation Chinese-American visual artist based in Berlin, Germany. She also enjoys writing on the personal experience of moving through the world as an East Asian woman. In her paintings and writings, she explores her interests in the Asian diaspora and what it means to be “twice removed”—once from the China her parents and grandparents knew, and once more from the United States where she was born.



Painting / Watercolor on Paper / 15.1 x 22.8 cm / 2021 / Original (1 of 1)

Price 300,00 €

外公 (Wàigōng) is what I was taught to call my maternal grandfather. It's used more commonly in the South, where my mom's side of the family is from. It literally translates to "outside/external" grandfather, which I always thought was strange because he is very much an internal part of my family. It may tell you something about the traditionally patrilineal structure of Chinese families.

This is an original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting.