Susan M B Chen paints to investigate the poetics of space. Dualities, portals, and the interior-exterior juxtaposition touch upon themes of displacement, dissonance, a search for belonging, and millennial anxieties framed by the digital world.
A first-generation American, Chen grew up between Hong Kong and the United Kingdom during the Hong Kong handover, prior to moving to the United States to attend Brown University, where she received her B.A. Honors in Visual Arts and International Relations (2015). Her work has been exhibited by United Kingdom Parliament, Shanghai Hosane Auction House, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Perry & Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University Investment Office, and is part of private collections in several international cities.
Susan currently maintains her art practice in New York City and is pursuing her M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Painting at Columbia University School of the Arts. Outside of her academics, Susan enjoys curating shows for her peers and early-career/emerging artists in pop-up spaces around the city. Through a recently sponsored gift by patrons at UBS & JNPalten International, Susan is now also a member of the Guggenheim Young Collectors Council Acquisitions Committee.