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 Sichen Grace Chen

Sichen Grace Chen (she/they) is a painter and illustrator currently based in Langley.

Symbolised by the pairing of her Chinese name, Sī Chén (思辰), and her English name, Grace, Chen explores the complex relationships between seemingly disparate ideas, objects, and identities, hoping to create space for new perspectives. Growing up in China for the first few years of her life and moving often between cities in British Columbia has led her to garner an appreciation for the sentimentality and physicality of material objects and natural landscapes.

Pareidolia, a phenomenon in which the mind perceives meaningful patterns or images in random stimuli, is one of the ways Sichen Grace Chen untangles truth and molds her unconscious childhood and recent memories into their most authentic presentations. Her emotions and thoughts manifest through dream-like planes and symbols, contrasted with real-world memorabilia and paraphernalia. Chen paints notions of trauma, mending and healing, and displacement through the allegory of nature. In her practice, she is constantly seeking the interconnections between womanhood, childhood, and the environment.

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