Artist Maya Lin Interview for “WONDER” at the Renwick Gallery
This is the marble from my childhood! It’s the color, it’s the size, and I think I just blurted out that I would do this piece about water because a lot of my works are like – they’re almost cartographic in nature. I love making people very aware of what’s literally below their feet or in their backyards, so of course the Chesapeake Bay. As an artist, it’s a beautiful drawing. I think there’s something so magical about waterways and that we don’t tend to look at them as singular wholes, we tend to look at where we know upon that river, but the minute you step back and you almost see these incredible living system as an object, as a singularity, and it begins to take on its own personality and maybe people begin to think of it as this very holistic system, and of course waterways are just that.