Inhale & Exhale concerns the natural world: it continues a series that began as a personal reaction to Lin Yan’s experience of watching her hometown of Beijing being rebuilt as a modern city in 1990s. To her, developers of the new city did not respect Beijing’s cultural history, nor did they adequately consider their impact on the natural environment. Indeed, in recent years, the continued pace of modernization has sometimes led to unbearable levels of pollution in the city. With Inhale & Exhale, Lin Yan raises the issue of the way in which humans choose to live alongside the natural world. Situated near the entrance to the gallery space, an ink-saturated, inflated mass hovers overhead as visitors enter the exhibition. Stitched to this mass is a charcoal drawing of a cheetah, crumpled and distorted. This assemblage provides us with a reminder of the heavy toll of human modernization on wildlife and nature.