Maggie Menghan Chen 陈孟涵
Maggie Menghan Chen (b. 1998, Beijing) lives and works in London. She obtained her MA degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts following her BA degree in Art History at New York University.
Chen’s sculptures bridge speculative scenarios to human mental landscape. She extracts flora and fauna and reconfigures them into mystic metamorphosis. Breathing life through morphology, Chen attempts to reenact the origins of life through endowing consciousness and emotion to new life forms.
Chen’s recent works are inspired by big cats such as tigers and leopards, known for their exceptional physique and speed. Reflecting on a fellow predator species living in a competitive environment and suffering little from traumatic effects, Chen searches for the significance to rely on animalistic instinct over rational thoughts in contemporary era.