Peggy Wen (b. 1995) is an Asian American artist who currently resided in Missoula, Montana. She is a graduate candidate at the University of Montana, focusing on painting and media arts. Peggy began her artistic practice in figurative drawing and still life painting, which dealt with the juxtapositions of the subjects or objects within a two dimensional space. Later in her career she fell in love with the abstract expressionist painters from the 20s-60s and contemporary installation artists, which informed her most recent works dealing with liminal experience of anxiety and depression. Some of her main influences are Mark Rothko, Anish Kappor, James Turrell, and Olafur Eliasson.
My creative process involves the innovation and interaction of lights and abstract painting. I am interested in creating an experience where the viewer’s participation of silence is necessary. My work combines abstract painting, and the illumination of light, which triggers the meditative state, and transports one into the liminal state. The abstract paintings were a way to express the ambiguous nature of liminality, while using light as the medium became the entity’s self reflection and objectless thought.