Whitney Lynn employs a wide range of media to reframe narratives of familiar objects, images and events. Mining cultural and political histories, recent projects reflect on subjects such as collapsed boundaries, militarized landscapes, the mechanisms of illusion, and vernacular forms of cryptology. Born on Williams Air Force Base, she attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, received her BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Lynn recently installed Not Seeing is a Flower, a site-specific project for the San Diego International Airport, was an Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum, San Francisco (2017), and the first National Artist-in-Residence at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas (2016). Additional recent projects include After The Fall, a solo exhibition examining the archetype of the temptress at Bass & Reiner, San Francisco (2017); Brats (Formation), a series of sculptural interventions on decommissioned military sites (2014-17); and Searching for Diogenes, a solo installation and 3-part performance surveying the legacy of Diogenes the Cynic at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco (2014). She has held teaching positions at numerous institutions including Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington.
Photo credit: Mikayla Whitmore