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Washington Studio School

Hsin-Hsi Chen

On View: April 5th - May 24th 

Hsin-Hsi Chen is renowned for her intricate pencil drawings, which she skillfully renders on complex, custom-built 3D structures made of paper and wood. This solo exhibition invites viewers to witness Hsin-Hsi's artistic evolution, spanning from her early 2D drawings to her latest work in diverse scales and materials. View never-before-seen sketches and small drawings. Chen captivates viewers by manipulating both real and imagined planes of drawing, light, shadow, and illumination, weaving them into illogical sequences within her elaborate 3D installations. Chen’s unique approach allows her to explore themes of existence, the mysteries of the universe, and the surreal interplay of geometric and architectural elements.

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About the Artist

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Hsin-Hsi Chen, born in Taipei, Taiwan, moved to the USA in 1994 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, following a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tunghai University in Taiwan. Recognized for her extraordinary talent in art, Chen was granted a U.S. Permanent Residency in 2002 and has received prestigious grants such as the 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Grant/Individual Artist Award and the 2007 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, including in the permanent collections of institutions like the Art Bank/DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and she has served as an art critic and judge at various institutions. Her work has garnered attention from major newspapers and journals. Additionally, Chen has taught at several universities and art centers. Chen has an interest in working from three-dimensional structures, which eventually led her to build her own sculptural works. 

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