2019 Season III

Chen Wang (USA / China)


Artist Statement/ Biography

Chen Wang is a multimedia artist whose work incorporates installation, hand-made costume, performance, drawing & animation to create digital videos that depict fantasy worlds with humanoid characters who she uses to examine gender, sexuality, and politics. By layering different mediums into one digital composition, Chen creates an overwhelming fantasy world of multiple, moveable layers & elements that together become unstoppable and continuously transforming as a way of considering the possibilities of imagined worlds.
In her videos, hand-sewn costumes fuse the human body into the virtual-- space where humanness blends in, dissolves, and potentially succumbs to the digital fantasy. As the costumed performer, Chen herself becomes a physical component of the worlds she creates, becoming multiple. These clones represent variously unstable identities: undefined genders, cartoonish humanoids, ghostlike apparitions & thus can adopt multiple identities, abstracting her own role as the artist-architect to become many things at once.


Chen Wang was born in China and is a multimedia artist currently living and working in NYC. The installations that Chen creates begin with physical drawings. Chen makes costumes and props for her videos and builds unimaginable spaces using virtual reality. Chen received her BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited/screened internationally in China, UK, US, Sweden, Venezuela, and Greece. Chen has participated in several residencies including The Studios at MASS MoCA and the NYFA Immigrant Mentoring Program.