Patterns, Repetitions, and Home









“Pattern is expressive of the human need to forge connection, to arrange distinct and disparate elements into compositions that are much more than the sum of their parts.”

- Elizabeth Wilhide, Writer








Mikado Pheasant, 2020

Mikado Pheasant, 2020

Mikado Pheasant, 2020 (Mock Up Designed by jp3d.visual / Freepik)





This series of works expresses my yearning for home, which is Taipei, Taiwan, as well as my obsession with pattern making. Inspired by animals and insects that remind me of home, I turn them into motifs that create the optical and spatial illusion of home.







Alishan Salamander, 2020
Alishan Salamander, 2020

Alishan Salamander, 2020









Cockroach, 2020

Cockroach, 2020



Cockroach, 2020 (Mock Up Designed by jp3d.visual / Freepik)





My process usually begins with a watercolor painting of each animal that I am inspired by and then repeating them in Photoshop. Moreover, I see them as giant wallpaper that surrounds a modern space that makes me feel comfortable and protected.






Flying Fish, 2020

Flying Fish, 2020

Flying Fish, 2020










Cicada, 2020
Cicada, 2020

Cicada, 2020













Pao Ju Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and is currently studying General Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, with a minor in Book Arts.
    Her works are inspired by nature and focus on intricate patterns. Influences are derived from traditional Japanese woodcut prints and traditional Taiwanese textiles. Before producing digital patterns, Pao Ju's creations start as intimate handmade watercolor paintings.
    Her work was exhibited in the 2019 MICA Printmaking Juried Exhibition (Baltimore, MD) and shown in the Titian Restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan. Recently, her papermaking work was selected to be part of the Dolphin Press and Print collection (Baltimore MD), and commissioned by Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Remington (Baltimore, MD).