Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Margaret Chen

Jamaica
August 2000
Mixed Media/Sculptor/Installation

Margaret Chen

Margaret Chen was educated at the Jamaica School of Art, she then left Jamaica after graduating with distinction to pursue post-graduate studies in Canada at York University, Ontario. It was also in Canada that she began her career as a sculptor, exhibiting in a number of Toronto galleries with increasing success. In the 1980s Margaret chose to return to Jamaica for her first solo exhibition at the Upstairs Downstairs Galleries.

Chen's work is usually large in scale, and tending towards installation, is distinguished by her painstaking attention to detail and meticulous finish. These assemblages of natural and man-made materials normally take months and years to come to fruition and as a result her solo exhibitions are rare. Even so, there is continuity as she works from one major work or theme to the next. She says, "My work happens as a result of the mysterious interweaving of process and content, the inanimate and animate, matter and spirit. The creative process for me is an on-going and progressive one that builds up layer by layer, work after work".

Margaret Chen



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