LIVING with the PAST - ARTISTS
Stella Chen is a Taiwan born, Sydney based interdisciplinary artist. Chen’s practice reflects her interest and endless curiosity about the human condition, with memory and trauma in relation to nature, time and space. Chen approaches these issues philosophically with an imaginative and experimental process, querying and exploring through the lens of psychology, philosophy, neurology, herbalism and personal history; and explores them across the disciplines of painting, drawing, performance, photography and installation. Chen is fascinated by the history of nature as a cornerstone for human survival, and the endurance and resilience of nature that withstands human time.
In 2015 Chen graduated from the Master of Art at UNSW Art & Design and went on to receive the Waverley Art Prize for Acrylic Painting in 2016. Other career highlights include; Highly Commended for Sydney Kudos Emerging Artist Award 2015; finalists nomination in Contemporary Art Award 2016; Women’s Art Prize for City of Ryde 2016; semi-finalist of Yen Female Art Award 2015. Chen has been exhibited in Sydney, Hong Kong and Ireland, and her work is held in private collections in Australia and overseas.
Dara Wei - Curator
Dara Wei is a Beijing-born curator currently living in Sydney. Her passion for contemporary art has led Wei to be actively involved in the Sydney arts and culture scene. Over the past two years Wei has been developing and delivering art projects and exhibitions across a range of galleries and cultural initiatives, including the upcoming ‘Living with the Past’ (March – April 2017) at Stacks Projects, ‘Art Xtedia Celebrating Chinese New Year 2017’ (January – February 2017) at gaffa gallery, ‘Little Pleasures’ (November 2016 – January 2017) at Brainwave, ‘Squeeze/Impressure’ (October 2016) at Airspace Projects, and ‘Disintegration’ (July – August 2016) at Kudos Gallery. Wei is the also final recipient of the 2017 Emerging Curators Program at Stacks Projects.
Wei gained her Master of Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, and is currently in her final semester at UNSW Art & Design completing the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership degree.