with Mi Chen
How do we exp-
ress our past family traumas through art?
Mi Chen, also known as Stella, is a Communication Design student at Parsons School
of Design. Her thesis topic explores the question, "How does our traumatic experience
with our family-of-origin impact our adulthood?" She approached this que-
stion in two
different ways. First, she did a short film consists of video interviews with Chi-
students and asked them about their past family traumas. Second, she designed a virtual
exhibition showcasing different traumatic exp-
eriences that happened in multiple places
in her house. Each traumatic experience is expressed through a form of digital art. In
we talked about how to express our deepest and darkest emotions through
art, and how creating
>art or films can give us some sort of closure.
Transcript with visuals:
Mi Chen: Yeah, we're all Chinese. We all came here for college. We're
all studying art, meaning that our families are not like, broke or anything, but also
like not crazy, rich, something. [...] We went through very similar things too, but
like, their backgrounds, and our backgrounds are very, very different. Because how
like China changed
and like how the society changed, and everything. So I feel it's
a very specific group of people.
Mi Chen: Yeah, I'll just need to finish the book and see if I can find a way
to create this virtual reality thing to make people feel like they can walk into
this exhibition space, and in other words my home.
Mi Chen: And at the same time, I do feel like drawing with
color pencils gave me more space,
for example, like you can see in this one.
Like this very childish house, the style of that house that every five year-old
would draw. I feel like I wouldn't draw a house like this, if I'm doing it in