There is a fine yet tensile thread that links each work to the other, the present one growing out of the previous one.
Wood, x-rays, leather and tree branches wrapped with paper are transformed into metaphors for fragility, impermanence and temporality.
The excavation / dig
layers beneath the crust
Inside the serpentine shafts
a sibylline murmur
And then the compulsive
sifting through the spoors.
It is in hindsight that I perceive my work as an ongoing process, an attempt to plumb the depths of that “primordial slime from which life first emerged,” and to reveal to myself again and again, through work after work, the site of my own origin.
– Margaret L. Chen
2005 Silver Musgrave Medal for distinction in Sculpture & Art Education, from the Institute of Jamaica.
2002 Art residency (Reed Found. Fellowship) Vermont Studio Centre, Vt.
2000 Art residency at the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art, NE.,U.S.A.