Jia Jia Ji Chen
Residing in Melbourne, Australia
Jia Jia Chen is a ceramicist working across art, design and food. Her interdisciplinary approach is
driven by her interest in exploring the diverse applications of the material through function,
decoration and industry within the framework of creative production. Born in China and raised in
Australia, her practise draws inspiration from both Eastern and Western aesthetics; merging and re-
interpreting iconic symbols into new and personal expressions whilst alluding to its complex history
of cultural and economic exchange. She engages with the process of making as a transposing of
conscious and unconscious ideas, the internal to the external and obverse the physical to the
metaphysical. Machinery and hands are the tools that enable the conduit interflow between mind
and matter cycling through a systematic expansion of intention, creation and reflection via the
medium of ceramics.
Her love food of wine and feasts have led her into the dynamic world of food; from food styling,
catering and designing custom ceramic tableware for ceremonial eating. She has long held a deep interest in the connection between dining and memory, and how sharing food can nourish the soul. She has designed several food events and her thematic, immersive dinners focus on the sensory, they recontextualise eating, creating a sense of spectacle in homage to ancient feasting.
She completed her Bachelor of Fine arts and Honours in Ceramics at RMIT and is currently undertaking and Masters of Contemporary art at VCA in 2019. She was the recipient of the Future Leaders
Award at Craft Fresh! and has had several solo and group exhibitions.
Her projects include a commission for Speak Percussion; creating bespoke ceramic
percussive instruments for a visual/sound theatre piece performed at Artshouse and designing
the artwork and visual branding for the Supersense ‘festival of the Ecstatic’ at the Arts Centre 2017 & 2019.
Recently she collaborated with Danielle Brustman for Art of Dining 2019 at NGV and curated a exhibition and series of dinner events with Claire Lehmann for Melbourne Design week 2019 at Schoolhouse studios.