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Chen Peng: Mountains in My Living Room

Akron Soul Train welcomes Chen Peng and her exhibition “Mountains in My Living Room” to the CapSOUL Gallery. Stemming from her desire to find stillness and grounding as an immigrant, Peng explores the intimate connection between landscape and the complexities of one’s identity and sense of belonging. Using a variety of water- and oil-based mediums, Peng creates foreign and playful landscape paintings. A melding of her imagination, memory, and past experiences, the destinations conjure wonderment and curiosity alongside a disorienting sense of not knowing exactly where home is. In extension, Peng’s free-standing ceramic installations capture the nature of landscape, with textures and marks that convey the essence of mountains, clouds, and the moon. For Peng, the sculptures represent physical engagement with nature and allow her a tactile and personal connection with her creations.

About the Artist Chen Peng: Chen Peng (she/her) is a Taiwanese artist currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an MFA in Painting from Boston University, a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and a BA in Philosophy from National Taiwan University. Peng received fellowships and grants from MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, the National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Ministry of Culture Taiwan. She has exhibited paintings in New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Taiwan galleries. She had a solo exhibition at MUMU gallery in Tainan, Taiwan (2022), and a partner exhibition at Ohio State University (2023). Peng's work was recently published in New American Painting and ArtMaze Magazine. She teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Opening reception on Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm.


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