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Wearable Art and Sculpture with Movana Chen

February 10, 2011

Photographs of Movana Chen knitting paper

On February 10th we welcome Movana Chen, an artist known for her wearable art and sculptures made from paper and old magazines, as a Rankin Scholar in Residence. Chen will exhibit her art, work with us in studio classes, and lecture on her experiences as a Hong-Kong based artist and curator. Chen is currently working on the traveling exhibit “Traveling Into Your Book Shelf.” The exhibit will be on view in the Paul Peck Center Gallery on February 10th and 11th. “Traveling Into Your Book Shelf” is a table display that features a work knitted from shredded pages of books that Chen has collected from friends and acquaintances from all over the world. Chen will give a lecture and demonstration on February 10th, at 6 PM, in the Paul Peck Center Gallery. The event and the reception that follows are free and open to the public.

Chen will lead a two-day all-day student workshop on February 10th and 11th in Nesbitt Hall. Students will create a knitted paper square from a book, magazine or document that is meaningful to them. Movana will also conduct an introduction to knitting with yarn workshop for students who have never knitted before. Students who are interested in participating in the workshop should email Alex Horner in the Fashion department at

Chen studied fashion design at the London College of Fashion and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Hong Kong and she studied exhibition art curatorship at the Hong Kong Art School. Her work is a multi-disciplinary fusion of media transformation, fashion, performance installation and sculpture, and has been presented in London, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Brussels and Hong Kong. She has had recent solo shows at Shin Hwa Gallery (Hong Kong) and Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing), and previously exhibited at the Gyeonggi MoMA Korea and MoCA Shanghai Museum, Shanghai. Ms. Chen’s residency was organized by Design & Merchandising program director, Anne Cecil.