Sidi Chen is an artist from China who has travelled around the world, and who currently lives and works in British Columbia. In his artistic practice, Sidi takes a conceptual, abstracted approach to themes of bodily identity in different environments.
There’s a certain sense of quiet, almost solemnity to Sidi’s artworks. The artist’s approach varies widely in terms of media, with Sidi using embroidery, print techniques, traditional drawing, and self-photography to capture settings that are at times immediate and at times heavily abstracted. I really like the way the artist combines abstract drawing with photography in many of his series, presenting a narrative that feels deeply personal and yet relatable on a fundamental level.
In his drawings, Sidi often works on reclaimed paper, embracing the imperfect, warm brown tones of that raw material as a backdrop for striking black and white mark-making and the occasional intervention of other mixed media. The resulting works feel unified in style, like continued explorations toward a common theme.