"My work is an intimate interpretation of modern society. My paintings refer to elements of abstract and architecture, depicting environments through several layers of drawings and markings. They contain personal narratives through the use of structures and symbols, complemented with a liberal yet deliberate use of color and strokes.
It’s essential that I have a place where I can safely store my memories, which also helps me in maintaining a state of balance. My haven exists because it's realized in my works. My urban landscape works are a compilation of my personal notions of a haven. I feel the most safe when I’m in a crowded urban setting. Being surrounded by people and buildings instills a level of comfort that I can’t reach when I’m alone. But I feel like I’m more of an observer, on the outside, looking in. With that said, when I’m painting urban landscapes, I find it to be a form of self-preservation, and I often feel vulnerable and introspective."
Sijia Chen received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2011 and her BFA from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Her recent works include the SWA installation and tea tree sculptures at Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport. Chen has also shown her work in solo exhibitions at Art and Sustainability, Net Impact Los Angeles, Culver City, CA, Art Museum of Shantou University, China; Fei Gallery, Guangzhou; South Bay Contemporary, CA; Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, and Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, U.S. and China. Chen's work is collected by many institutions, among them the Inside Out Museum, Beijing; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, Shantou University, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Sijia Chen currently lives and works in Los Angeles and Shantou.
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