Bodily Identity: The Art of Sidi Chen
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.