Born 1961, Beijing. Lives and works on Long Island, N.Y., U.S.A.

Lin Yan has lived in the United States for 20 years, but “China is in my heart,” she says. She uses traditional ink and paper in ways that classical artists never imagined. But the realities she depicts are equally new. To comment on the air pollution that chokes many Chinese cities, she saturates handmade paper with ink and crumples it into a sinister grey cloud. The paper’s translucency and the uneven spread of the ink make the gallery lighting part of the work. “Despite the feeling of sadness and loss,” Lin Yan says, “there is also beauty and hope.”

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