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Jen Liu is an artist, educator, and researcher working at the intersections of art, design, technology and culture. Working across different fields such as traditional craft, digital media and interaction design, she is interested in exploring ways of using technology to examine relationships between the body and the environment. Jen has exhibited her work nationally and she has completed residencies at New York University and Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Fiber Arts and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Tangible Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jen is our May Crafternoon Resident Artist. This May exhibit is titled ‘Soft Power: Smart textiles, speculation and play’. Soft Power is a collection of work that examines the relationship between tangible craft and digital media through the use of speculation, humor and play. The work includes prototypes, artworks, and artifacts developed through research, along with “Pom Pom Point Cloud” a collaborative installation that invites the visitor to contribute and question the intersections between digital data and physical materials.
What inspires Jen to create?
“I am inspired by everyday materials and objects – from textiles to electronics – and putting them together in different ways that allows us to think about those things in new ways.”