“The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?”
- Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)
Lin Xu is a Chinese Canadian ceramic artist living in Brandon, Manitoba. She holds an MFA degree from Washington State University, a BVA degree in ceramics from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (Australia), and a BSc. from Jilin University (China), with a focus in Packaging Engineering and Design.
Lin was born in Inner Mongolia mainland China, to radio/computer scientist parents who were transferred to the rural region as a result of the Cultural Revolution. The family relocated to Beijing when Lin was 12 years old.
Lin Xu came to Canada in 2004, when she was offered a full-time faculty position to establish the new ceramics facility and program within the new Visual and Aboriginal Art department at Brandon University and has been teaching there since.
Outside of teaching and working in her studio, Lin enjoys spending quiet time making jewelry, cooking, reading, and daydreaming with her family and pets.