Termite 5

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Dennis Lin's “Termite Series” pays homage to the invisible worlds that are all around us.  
By documenting the interior architecture of spaces we may not even be aware that exist, Lin brings the powers of the natural world and it’s creatures to the forefront.
The architects of the insect world, termites intricately build mud tubes that create pathways into the wood. These labour intensive art works, typically anywhere where between 35-40 man hours just to clean termite “debris” from the wood, allow us to experience their inner world and complex makeup of this largely unappreciated eusocial insect.

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Broadleaf Maple suspended in white frame, with Plexiglas front
81cm W x 213cm H
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Dennis Lin

Dennis Lin


Dennis Lin is a Taiwanese-Canadian artist and a graduate of the Ontario Collage of Art (OCAD).


Lin is concerned with patterns of consumption, the sustainability of the human population given these patterns, and the earth’s threshold to maintain them. These concerns are reflected in the way Lin pushes the physical thresholds of the woods and metals that compose his sculptures. At times this results in a single, momentous impact. At others, highly refined materials are forced, bent and formed to recall the natural landscape from which their elemental combinations were first felled or mined.


Lins preoccupation with sustainability is reflected in his process. His studio is powered by solar energy, and as a result his artwork is controlled by seasonal rhythms. Each kilowatt hour, cut, form and addition to a sculpture is accounted for. When there is waste from the larger works it is kept, used, and reused to create or power new pieces and projects. His sculptures range in size from the monumental to the handheld.


His work can be found in public and private collections internationally.


Lin currently lives rurally in what is now known as Kimberley, Ontario in the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation as well as the Métis Nation of Ontario.


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