Serena Lin has been working in digital and time-based media for the last five years, investigating the role of alternate "realities" in enhancing interpersonal communication and expression. After earning her BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis in 1992, she continued on to obtain an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1997. She joined the AlienNation Company in February 1999.

Her recent work has been exhibited in gallery installations as well as various film festivals, including: image|architettura in movimento (Florence, Italy), a conference on the relationship between video and architecture; the New York Digital Salon; NO-TV '97 (Rochester, NY), and ISEA '97, the 8th International Symposium on Electronic Art (Chicago, IL). She is also a recipient of an 1998 Individual Artist Award in New Genre from the Maryland State Arts Council. From January 22 through February 12, 2000, she was one of the three featured artists in the exhibition "Visible Traces" (Winter Street Art Center). where she showed three new video installations. In 2001, she continued to exhibit original works at galleries in Texas.



My personal body of work examines the relationship between emotional conditions and their subsequent articulation as physical response. In heightened emotional states, the body impulsively reacts to its mental climate - such as chills with fear, nausea with disgust, and tingling with elation. This bodily "understanding" is also exhibited in our use of language to describe these emotional states. We constantly use descriptions of physical feeling or physical metaphors to convey to others how we mentally "feel"; for instance, claiming to be "under stress" or "between a rock and a hard place." The physical world, therefore, has a inextricable role in how we understand and process our own emotions.

These physical intuitions, however, are things that are never seen, but invisibly experienced and felt. Through the combining of video image, sculpture, and sound, my work brings these intuitions into visible form via small video installations. In some cases, the viewer may be compelled to experience a piece in a physically awkward position, increasing the viewer's awareness of their own body in looking at the work. By assembling disparate yet individually familiar objects, images, and ambient sounds, I work to create encapsulated moments of emotion, which capture the fleeting cause and effect of this mental/physical relationship. Together, the new experiential "hybrids" assume a totally new definition, creating a synesthetic emotional resonance in the viewer.


2003 Tremors, and Other Minor Disturbances. Video installation. Lawndale Art Center, Houston.

2002  finally a place...; Video installation, with AlienNation Co., Trans-Site Studio, Houston, TX
2001   Group Show; Video installations, Gallery 3, Houston
2001   Pause; Video installations, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX
2000   Visible Traces; Video installations, Winter Street Art, Center, Houston
1999   MIRAK new dance opera, collaboration with AlienNation Co., DiverseWorks, Houston
1998   Crosscurrent: Unquote Television; DUTV Cable 54, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
1998   Blush: ArtSites 98; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
1998   Not Still Art Festival; Boswell Museum/Gallery 53, Cooperstown, NY
1998   Art By Numbers; Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Camden, NJ
1998   THAW 98; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1998   Independent Eye series; Maryland Public Television, Baltimore, MD
1998   Critic's Residency Program; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
1998   1998 ROSEBUD Awards Showcase; Foundry Theater, Washington, DC
1998   Independent Filmmakers' Showcase; Bethesda Theater Cafe, Bethesda, MD
1997   28th Annual Sinking Creek Film & Video Festival; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
1997   NO-TV '97; The Media Center at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
1997   image|architettura in movimento; University of Florence, Florence, Italy
1997   Winner's Showcase, 1997 Peer Awards; National Archives, Washington, DC
1997 -98   NEXTFrame: UFVA's Student Film & Video Touring Festival; Philadelphia, PA
1997   Fifth Annual New York Digital Salon; School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY
1997   ISEA '97: Eighth International Symposium of Electronic Arts; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1997   ROSEBUD Awards Showcase Broadcast; WETA-TV Channel 26, Washington, DC
1997   1997 ROSEBUD Awards Showcase; Foundry Theater, Washington DC
1997   MFA Thesis Exhibition; Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
1997   Tech-Art Slam; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
1996   Fourth Annual New York Digital Salon; School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY
1996   THAW 96: A Festival of Film, Video and Digital Media; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1995   10/10 Portraits in Cyberspace; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (online gallery)
1994   Point of View; Owen-Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1993   Circle of Friendship; Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Washington, DC
1992   Pentimenti; Utopian Loft Gallery, St. Louis, MO