2018 ART TAIPEI
PENG Chen 彭 宸
25 - 29 October 2018
Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1
"Like the day between morning and evening, my life falls between my urge to travel and my homesickness. Maybe some day I will have come far enough for travel and distances to become part of my soul, so that I will have their images within me, without having to make them literally real anymore. Maybe I will also find that secret home within me where there will be no more flirting with gardens and little red houses. To be at home with myself!"
--Hermann Hesse, <Wandering>
PENG Chen, graduated from department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, then studied in Painting of Cleveland Institute of Art. Her recent works are informed by the experience of wandering in different residential neighborhoods. Either in familiar places or strange ones, PENG considers her every wander to be a journey. A journey of trying to know other people by looking at their material possessions. In this journey, she is not completely alone, nor is an alien. She sees the connection between her home and their home, between self and others. At times she could get a hint of their lives inside of their windows, but most of times there were just the patterns on the curtain, a shape of a plant near the window, or a broken piece of dirty furniture on the street left for a passer-by to see.
From there, an imaginary journey begins. PENG invites viewers to look at these ordinary scenes through her application of both fluid and thick paint, with which the color, shape, and pattern of the random display of ordinary things are celebrated. In there, an unpainted world might sometimes be seen.