Rea Chen | Parsons Fine Arts - 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition

China, 1991
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"Hourglass," 2015 New York trash 9 x 4 x 4 in

"Will he leave on May 19th?
It's still in a superposition state maybe."

"Sleep," 2015 New York Trash 6 x 4 x 4 in

Hope she can sleep well in the heaven.

"Dumb Duck," 2015 New York Trash 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 in

I should shut up.

"Girl in Kimono," 2015 New York Trash 3 x 2 x 2.5 in

Something related to C?

"Flying Seeds," 2015 New York Trash 1 x 1.5 x 1 in (each)

I have the butterflies in my stomach to hear his sound.

"Mountain&Lake," 2015 New York Trash 3 x 4.5 x 4.5 in

"Crystal Palace," 2015 New York trash 4.5 x 4 x 3 in

I wanna bring you in, and I will.

"Fragile Petal," 2015 New York Trash 6 x 2.5 x 2 in

"Cloud July," 2015 New York Trash 4.5 x 2 x 1.5 in

"A Passing Boat," 2015 New York Trash 4 x 2 x 2 in

Artist Statement

After twenty years of practicing different religions, I have come to a point of introspection about my journey. I am rethinking what prompts people to follow a religion; what is the real purpose behind religious behavior. Being born into a multi-religious family and observing my family’s different religious experiences left subtle but profound influence on me that shapes my inquiries. My early works are mainly using performance and installation as the main mediums to talk about what has been taken place on me and also within me when the religions occupied my mind.

Afterwards, along with the daily meditation I practice as a way of seeking the spirituality inside of me and every detail of outside world, I’m now working on “The coincidence diary” which would be my life long-term project, collecting and repurposing objects I encounter every day. I gradually began noticing many beautiful synchronicities happening in daily life when the mind is opened up– it can be sharped, from the dullness caused by daily life, to break one’s “tunnel-vision” caused by focusing on purpose too much. The mind could constantly absorb all the knowledge from the microcosm world created by the tiny objects from the circumstance at each moment, and you will encounter the surprises in life. That’s what I’m doing in my coincidence diary, to tell a story of that moment or get some guidance from them.

Artist Bio

Rea was born in China into a multi-religious family, observing the different religious experiences left subtle but profound influence on her that shapes her inquiries. Rea’s works are mainly using performance and installation as the main mediums to talk about what has been taken place within her when she walks on the path of seeking for the spirituality from every detail of life—with all her doubts, thoughts, concerns, and growth