Mel Chin Environmental Artist
Mel Chin, from Houston, Texas, is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. He developed Revival Field (1989-ongoing), a project that pioneered the field of “green remediation,” the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. The Fundred Dollar Bill Project/Operation Paydirt, focuses on national awareness and prevention of childhood lead-poisoning through art-making. The Tie that Binds for the 2016 Current: LA Public Art Biennial initiates a new form of monumental landart, forging a unique collective relationship between a site, the city, plants and people, as a response for a water starved city. Mel is also well known for his iconic sculptures and installations, works that often address the importance of memory and collective identity, and for inserting art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.