An-An Chen

2017 Residency: August through October

Sculptor, ceramicist and installation artist Chen An-An is the 2017 winner of a 4-month residency at RU sponsored by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.

My recent works focus on the lost individuals who are marginalized because of their sexual preference and gender identity. Therefore, when I make art, I explore ways of expressing loss and reconsider how gender/sexual discrimination in Taiwanese society is rendered invisible. I keep thinking the following questions in my art: How to make the public aware of the invisibility of other’s violent death? How to present the invisibility of violent discrimination covered by mainstream voice but avoid erasing it simultaneously? The loss of and absence of memory for LGBTQ individuals, their invisibility for the Taiwan mainstream society is the current subject of her investigations.

Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions including 2016, The Dynamic of Melancholia; Pon Ding, Taipei; 2016, Contemporary Ceramic Art in Asia – Stunning Edge, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Taipei;  2016 An-An Chen THE BLACK TUNNEL / THE WAY HOMEat The Orange Box, PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 2016,  Thesis / Antithesis / Synthesis, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA ; 2013-2015KOHLER Bold Art ProgramKOHLER Asian tour ExhibitionsChina, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan; 2014, Four Young Artists group show, Ke-Yuan Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan.

An-An Chen’s residency is made possible with support from the Taipei Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and Residency Unlimited. Image: Untitled (The Tunnels), 2016 / Mixed media, trash bags, black foils, light bulbs, and mirror/ Two parts: 120x120x120cm; and 120x120x120cm