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Keqing Chen

Born in 1992, China, Chen first studied the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Foundation Diploma in 3D Design, where her preference for the ceramic material originated and evolved before she began her further studies specialising in Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins in 2014.

Keqing has taken inspirations from garden designs for her previous works, and decided to build upon these previous research and experiments for her current project. Her concept was inspired by her recent fascination with the geometric hedges and topiary of the Victorian Biddulph Grange Garden in Stoke-on-Trent. During her trip she encountered other visitors playing chess and cards leisurely in the tea room of the garden, who have been captured using monochrome figures with sharp geometric edges in the form of chess and chess-related sculptures. The piece as a whole expresses her journey through this landscape.


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