Maya Lin is an American architect, but she prefers being called designer rather than architect; she’s known for her works in sculpture and landscape art.
“All my work is much more peaceful than I am.”
In 1950s her parents migrated from China to the United States. Designer was born in 1959, in Ohio. It will be right to say that she was growing up it an artistic family, her father was dean of the Ohio University College of Fine Arts and her mother was literature professor. Lin wasn’t far from her parents, she started studding at Yale University, and there she received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Architecture degree.
She got everyone’s attention when she was still under graduate, at age 21 she won design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Opponents voiced objections because of Lin being Asian, female and lacked professional experience. Her design was quiet different from typical war memorials, it was a V-shaped granite wall with the names of soldiers, fallen or lost at war, written on it. With time this memorial became important symbol for relatives and friends of the American military casualties in Vietnam.
“To fly we have to have resistance.”
– Maya Lin
As we said before, Maya Lin was often criticized in the beginning of her career, because she had to live in man-ruled world; Because of being a woman she was thought to be incompetent and inexperienced. But with her incredible talent and vision,she soon took her place among known artists and made opponents stop criticizing her. Her advice for young girls is to stop following standards while choosing their profession, to think outside the box, learn Math, become programmers and so on; there is no “female” and “male” profession, chromosomes don’t make decisions for us, you must do what you want and not what the society tells you to do.
“An artist fights to retain the integrity of a work so that it remains a strong, clear vision. Art is and should be the act of an individual willing to say something new, something not quite familiar. ”- Maya Lin
Lin thinks that with art you must always try to say something new-something that’s not still known well. With her works she wants to draw everyone’s attention to their surroundings, being it physical or psychological world we live in. While working on a new piece of art, she tries to imagine it verbally first, to understand its concepts and meanings, collect as much information as she can, before she can start working. In the process of creating she listens to music, she says it helps her, it’s easy working that way. She’s inspired by culturally different sources; she also tries to show her origin in her works. Her works are known for simplicity and lightness, which catches your eyes at first sight.
All in all Maya Lin is one of the prominent contemporary architect and designer, who continue working, making masterpieces and making everyone fall in love with them.
Author: Merry Khamkhadze