Ya Lu Lin

  University Lecturer
  708-534-4521 ext. 4521
  Office Location: F2445
  Office Hours: By Appointment
  College: CAS
  Division of Science Mathematics and Technology
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I am a multidisciplinary digital artist residing in the Chicago area. I received an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago focused on Electronic Media in 2002. I practices in art mediums that include Interactive Art in Virtual Reality, 3D Modeling & Animation, and Digital Sculpture in Figure Studies. My art expression focuses on the topic of gender, culture diversity, and personal growth. Several of my collaborated works have been shown in national and international conferences (Super Computing, Siggraph, National Educational Computing Conference), museums (MCA, Ars Electronic Museum, SciTech), various publications (IEEE, Yahoo! Internet Life), press coverage includes the Chicago Sun-Times and National Fox News, along with radio interview by WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago.

My earlier work “idllusion” is an autobiographical piece for the CAVE Virtual Reality System. “idllussion” is an interactive VR journey presented in four phases. I entwined fairy tale imagery with childhood memories from my native country Taiwan to construct deeply personal metaphorical landscapes. This idea of exploring my subconscious came from years of struggling with my identity. The viewer is free to navigate and explore each successive environment, being drawn further into my psyche. This multi-media display creates an immersive experience to the viewers that includes interaction with 3D sculptures in the virtual space along with responsive sound and motion triggers by the viewer’s position.

I found myself desiring to create figurative works from life models. By observing from nature I came to appreciate the beauty of the human form. Looking forward, I want to create art that utilizes the latest technology with contemporary conceptual interpretation. Art to me is a process and a reflection of my being. I hope to inspire others and encourage viewers to examine their own life journey.