American, born 1959Maya Lin was a 21-year old architect student at Yale University when her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was chosen over 1400 other applicants. Now a world-famous artist, Lin’s unexpected and innovative design of the Memorial has become an eloquent testimony to the tragedy of war. Like the memorial, Phases of the Moon demonstrates a perfect consonance between form and ideal. The reflective quality of the wax creates the ethereal look of the moon’s nighttime glow while the soft, malleable appearance of the medium suggests things are not what they are seem. An intimate dialogue between the object and viewer is the result.
Maya Lin, Phases of the Moon, 1999, wax