“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 ceramics artist and educator living in Brandon, Manitoba. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Washington State University, a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree in ceramics from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (Australia), and a Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering and Design from Jilin University (China).
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. Before her study in Australia, Lin spent six years working as a graphic designer and artistic director in advertising industries in Beijing.
Lin came to Canada in 2004, when she was offered a full-time faculty position to establish the ceramics facility and program within the new visual art department at Brandon University, and has been teaching since.
Outside of teaching and working in her studio, Lin enjoys spending quiet time making jewelry, cooking, reading, and daydreaming about one day being able to live on a tropical island with her family and pets!