Now & Then 2020-2
Screenprint, lithograph, pochoir and pen
20" x 25"
Now & Then is a series of woven prints that tell the tales of my encounter, participation and inspiration at Open Studio, Toronto. Open Studio encourages me to dream and provides a haven that nurtures me in my artistic pursuit.
Carlina Chen, born in Taiwan, is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and practices in Toronto. Her theme deals with migration, culture, text and the passage of time. Her work draws on ceramics, printmaking, photography, drawing, music and video. Besides being an artist, she also curates exhibitions that address the intersection of East and West. She was both participant and touring curator for the exchange portfolio Boundless and Borderless (Canada/Australia), having arranged for it to tour art universities in Taiwan in 2014/15. The success of this touring exhibition resulted in a catalogue published by Cheng Shiu University. Recently, she initiated and curated an exhibition Line & Verse – A Visual Exploration of Poetry between Canada and Taiwan. The first Canadian exhibition was held in the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library at Robarts Library, the University of Toronto in 2018/19.
Chen has shown in Toronto, Montreal, New York, London, Japan, Peru, Australia and Taiwan. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design from OCAD University. She was awarded the Don Phillips Scholarship at Open Studio and OCADU’s IAMD Interdisciplinary Award. Her work has been collected in the Canadian Chancery and Official Residence in Denver, USA, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, to name a few.