Sijia Chen is an abstract artist and curator based out of Los Angeles, CA and Shantou. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2011 and her BFA from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Chen curates exchanged art projects between the U.S. and China, including Beyond the Ocean—Exchanged Exhibitions between Torrance Art Museum and Ucity Art Museum of GAFA, and the National Exhibition of China at the Los Angeles Art Show. As for her own art practice, Chen has exhibited artworks 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; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, U.S. and China.
Sijia Chen works with a variety of mediums including painting, photography, installation, and public art. Her most recent public art installations include her SWA installation and Tea Tree sculptures at the Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport. Chen’s abstract paintings are inspired by urban settings and explore modern society, architecture, her environment, structures, and even symbols.
Sijia Chen shares that her artwork allows her to store her personal memories. These paintings also explore Chen’s feelings on living in urban settings. Chen states that “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.“
About the Exhibition
Collectivity investigates points of connection between artists from two significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden and Ray (Los Angeles) in back-to-back exhibits across two states. Currently on view at Durden and Ray in Downtown Los Angeles through August 25, 2018 - http://www.durdenandray.com/exhibitions/