Yuan Lin has another (better known) name "Wendy", which she drew from a lottery in her first-grade English class in Shanghai, China. The teacher had a plastic bag full of names on paper slips and let the pupils who behaved well to draw the lottery first. When it was her turn, she got assigned “Wendy”.
In Chinese, her first name "yuan" (圆) means: a circle, to complete a full circle, or to realize a dream.
She graduated from Dickinson College (USA) in 2016, where she double-majored in Studio Art and Theatre and minored in music. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Boston University (USA) in 2018 and MA in Integrated Design from University of the Arts Bremen (Germany) in 2023.
She is a curious person and has participated in artist residencies in Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Latvia, Italy, China, France and North Macedonia. Her medium is herself. Her work is to live. She likes to walk, observe and make connections. She incorporates sound, text, video and objects in interactive installations. For now, conceptual art is the closest-to-accurate way of describing her practice. Her work is often given away as souvenirs to the local people and the people that she likes.