This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.
On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on Jenny Chen, a VIBE Artist who works within drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.
VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?
JC: At the moment, I’m involved the second cohort of VIBE Arts’ Desire Lines program, made possible by RBC. I’ve been attending professional development workshops, and have developed a series of work that will be featured in TTC subway stations later this year!
My work is also currently a part of Workman Arts’ Rendezvous with Madness Festival. I initially created an installation intended for an in-person show. Due to COVID, this iteration of the event was called off. The good news is that my work can be seen online in a virtual tour!
If you are interested in attending and checking out my work, take a look at the catalogue. The festival kicks off on October 15th at 6pm and the exhibition tour can be viewed until Oct. 25!
The next project I’d like to work on is an animated short film featuring imagery from my drawings and paintings.
VIBE: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments to date?
JC: My greatest accomplishment to date is my first solo show in 2018.
VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?
JC: I like the networking opportunities, and having the chance to hang out with other artists in Toronto.
VIBE: What are some of your future goals?
JC: My future goals include being able to contribute to more murals and receiving opportunities to show my work internationally.
VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?
JC: That at the end of the day, I answer to myself.
VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?
JC: I would love to see more opportunities for artists to create public art! It’s one of the best ways to engage communities. Not everyone feels comfortable viewing art in galleries, so making art accessible in public spaces is great!
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