As I started working on this series, I was thinking a lot about what education means and decided to conduct around 30 informal interviews asking people I met on the airplane, in galleries, and friends of friends about their paths and what it means to receive an education.
The Meat Market, Photography with Text, 2019
If you have seen black, you can be clearer in your definition of white. If you have seen white, you can be clearer about what constitutes black. Clarity about opposites, like colors, makes it easier to accept the grey. Therefore, the photography series ends on the note of love, it is inclusive and acceptance, it is grey, it is the action and the words, it is the negatives and the positives, and it is extremely ordinary.
My name is Xin (Maggie) Wen, and in Chinese it is 温馨. I have lived in China before moving to Denmark for 2 years during primary school, and then back to China afterward before college. I graduated in Pennsylvania from a small liberal arts college called Dickinson College majoring in Studio Art and two minors in Art History and East Asian Studies. I took a gap semester during my college years to New Zealand with a working holiday visa. My art focus on the relationship and dynamic people create with different kind of cultural or societal beliefs in both words and actions. My aim as I create art is to create a platform for people of different belongings and experiences to bond, share love, and trust that we are all one. Usually, my medium is photography along with a short interview. In this way, I am able to do research on the topic I initiated, document the process, and collect photography that suits the exhibition.