Alice Chen

Chen’s imagery derives entirely from her imagination as she is legally blind, due to cone-rod dystrophy. She draws with the assistance of an extremely powerful electronic magnifier known as a CCTV. Her attraction to the fantastical imagery of dragons and birds arose from childhood stories of Greek mythology and Chinese folk tales. For Chen, stories that become part of a culture’s heritage actively shape powerful forces that influence the way people frame the world around them. She says, “I seek to capture the life and beauty of these tales in my work in the hopes that I can not only preserve but share them.” Living with a visual disability has taught Chen to appreciate the reality that everyone sees the world differently. Her art allows her to show the unique factors that shape her as an individual.