Clara Chen (陳嘉雯, she/they, b.1998) is an animator and expanded media artist who was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 Territory with family from the Guangdong and Hong Kong regions of China. Clara’s work stems from the exploration of migration, separation, and the ways in which we are intertwined with cyberspace.
Her work and words have been featured on: CBC, Hyperallergic, the Toronto Times, Narcity, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre, the Nova Scotia Advocate, & Canada's National Observer.
Currently she is a second year Honours Bachelor of Animation student at Sheridan College  previously studying expanded media at NSCAD University. She is teaching animation through the Mackenzie Art Gallery Provincial ArtCade program and is a background artist on the Why Am I? animated children's series directed by Regina-based filmmaker Adrian Dean for CityTV.
Being inspired by the independent music scene in Halifax during 2019, Clara started to work with experimental songwriting for an open studio course taught by David Clarke at NSCAD University. Since then, she has begun practising as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, aiming to create sounds that would lend themselves well for her animation projects. 
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Education
Honours Bachelor of Animation @ Sheridan College // (Oakville_ON_2019-2023).
Expanded Media & Animation @ NSCAD University, Halifax, NS // 2016-2019  Earned full credits from: University of Waterloo Global Business and Digital Arts, (Waterloo_ON_2016). Dalhousie University Arts and Sciences (Halifax_NS_2017-2018). University of Regina Studio Arts (Regina_SK_2019).        
Work
_Layout and Background artist // Why Am I? animated series // Regina, SK // started Feb 1, 2021
_Livestream & workshop artist // Mackenzie Art Gallery // Regina, SK // started Nov 28, 2020
_Archive Assistant // Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre // Regina, SK // Aug 11, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020
_Interim Member Services and Communications Coordinator // Saskatchewan Filmpool // Regina, SK // Oct 12 - Dec 4, 2020
_Animator // CBC Creator Network // (Remote) Oakville, ON // Started Nov 15, 2019
_Junior Communications Consultant // Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Government Relations // Regina, SK // 2017 & 2019
_Contract Artist // Regina Downtown Business Improvement District // Regina, SK // 2016 - 2020
_Teaching Assistant // Kumon Math and Reading // Regina, SK //  2014 - 2016
PROJECTS
IN CYBERSPACE    &    IRL:    我是人類,我向你保證     .....................  ?
// Digging Through SOIL - online gathering & artist discussion - Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre & Mackenzie Art Gallery - Gone in a Flash Series - https://neutralground.sk.ca/?page=eventdetail&year=2020&id=2020121120225112 https://www.facebook.com/events/1388545388210568/ - Regina, SK / Dec 19, 2020
// RIP Adobe Flash: Five Takeaways About the Plug-In's Legacy in Net Art - by Rea McNamara - HYPERALLERGIC - https://hyperallergic.com/609682/rip-adobe-flash-five-takeaways-about-the-plug-ins-legacy-in-net-art/ - Brooklyn NY / Dec 18, 2020
// Gone in a Flash Livestream Series - Saving Your Flash Art from the Grave - Mackenzie Art Gallery & Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre - Flash Archiving Workshop using Conifer - https://mackenzie.art/event/gone-in-a-flash-workshop-saving-your-flash-art-from-the-grave/ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ3o6iGLcrs&t=1s https://mackenzie.art/gone-in-a-flash/ - Regina SK / Dec 10, 2020
// Gone in a Flash Livestream Series - Panel Discussion with Dragan Espencheid, Jonas Richner and Clara Chen - Mackenzie Art Gallery & Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre - https://mackenzie.art/event/gone-in-a-flash-panel-discussion/ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVYwhtJyx9Y - Regina SK / Nov 28, 2020
// Thoughts of a Digital Archivist - Window Gallery - Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre - https://www.neutralground.sk.ca/?page=eventdetail&year=2020&id=202091020000157https://www.gallerieswest.ca/events/clara-chen-thoughts-of-a-digital-archivist/ - Sep-Oct 2020
// Back alley art pops up in downtown Regina - CTV Regina - https://regina.ctvnews.ca/back-alley-art-pops-up-in-downtown-regina-1.5074770 - Regina, SK - 2020 { PostModern Bazaar - Alley Door Mural Artist - Regina Downtown BID - https://reginadowntown.ca/alley-door-art-artists-2020/ - 2020 }
// Raw: A spoken word piece that speaks to being true to yourself - Animator and Co-Director - CBC Creator Network - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/raw-spoken-word-nova-scotia-1.5473945?utm_campaign=likeshopme&utm_medium=instagram&utm_source=dash%20hudson&utm_content=www.instagram.com/p/B8_Y1zPHOVL/ - NS, CAN - 2020
// Nocturne 2019 - illustration and prose - A Soft Place - NSCAD Queer Collective - NSCAD Library Windows - 5163 Duke Street - https://www.instagram.com/p/B4AUumMnyG7/ - Halifax NS - Oct 24 2019
// Burning Magazine - illustration - November Issue - "WANTING TO POSSESS A CANDLE FLAME WHEN U HAVE THE SUN" - https://expozine.ca/en/fair/fair-2020/ - https://issuu.com/burningmagazine/docs/b_u_r_n_i_n_g_no_1_layout_zine_spreads - https://www.instagram.com/p/B4cngJChF8v/ - Halifax NS - 2019
// 24 Hours Animation Film Contest - Sheridan College - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmAFwu8f-_A - Oakville, ON - Oct 10 2019
// Mom's Garden - Plants in Contemporary Art (group show) - University of Regina Faculty of Media, Art and Performance - https://vimeo.com/343377845 - 2019
// Alfred Russell Wallace - NSCAD online showcase - https://www.instagram.com/p/BxqI5wRDqRy/ - 2019
// Anination: Animation Nation - Expanded Media Showcase (group show) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLPH69gkiUo&feature=emb_logo - NSCAD Film Academy - Halifax NS - 2019
// Wave/Particle Duality - Science Friday Reads Stephen Hawking - ello artist invite shortlist - https://ello.co/invites/science-friday-reads-stephen-hawking - https://ello.co/cyberspacevoid/post/7_snejo63x6irjtxgc4pog -  2018
// Canadian Youth occupy MP Offices across the country calling for climate action - Canada's National Observer - Photographer - https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/11/30/news/canadian-youth-occupy-mp-offices-across-country-calling-climate-action - Halifax NS - November 30, 2018
// 唐人! - Printmaking Showcase (group show) - NSCAD Port Campus - Halifax NS - 2018
// Living Skies - Alley Door Mural Artist - RDBID - https://reginadowntown.ca/alleydoorart/ - Regina SK - 2018
// Better - QHacks Best Design Award - UX/UI Designer - Queen's University - https://devpost.com/software/better https://twitter.com/AutocodeHQ/status/960172056959766529 - Kingston, ON - 2018
// Divest Dal Campout - No More Excuses - The Nova Scotia Advocate - Photographer - https://nsadvocate.org/2017/11/27/divest-dal-campout-no-more-excuses/ - Halifax NS - November 27, 2017
// The Bus Ride - GBDA Digital Art Showcase - UWaterloo Stratford Campus - https://uwaterloo.ca/stratford-school-of-interaction-design-and-business/events/2017-project-showcase-and-reception - https://www.instagram.com/p/BgZ_A76l-Jk/ - digital illustration for Karin Schmidlin @ University of Waterloo Stratford Campus - Stratford ON - 2017
// Mosaic City - Traffic Box Digital Mural Artist - RDBID - https://reginadowntown.ca/trafficboxart/ - Regina SK - 2017
// Don't Trust a Skinny Chef - Painting - German Expressionists and their Contemporaries - Dunlop Art Gallery & Regina Central Library - Regina SK - 2017
// Beyond Innovation - Stratford Campus UXPerience Design Camp - University of Waterloo - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gduKB1tD_K9hkNHiIrF0siZfy2Gp2t9mm2g-C3Y7TGk/edit#slide=id.gd9c453428_0_16 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I5U2_mcjrg - Stratford, ON - 2016
                                                 
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