It's possible you've never heard of her before, but if you're a fan of design and art, it is likely that you know her work. An interior designer by trade, Chen has gained international recognition for her unique rug designs which are meant to resemble everyday things such as watermelon slices or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yakult, snacks, and many more.
Chen's work is fun, quirky and humorous. It is a commentary on our culture's current obsession with fast food, junk food and processed foods in general.
In an interview with Huffington Post , Chen spoke of the inspiration for her rug designs saying "I actually started doing this rug series around five years ago when I was working on my thesis. I was researching the meaning of home and how that relates to technology and cosmopolitism, just general trends in globalization."
"I discovered this rug tutorial on Pinterest where it showed you how to make a towel into a rug with paint. I decided to use food as my medium since that's what I was really interested in — using food as art and design."
Chen's designs are not just a comment on the over-consumption of fast foods, junk food and processed foods. They also incorporate familiar patterns to further their appeal -- pillows with peanuts, snack bars or fruit snacks can be seen on her website .
"I love to use repetition in my art," says Chen. "I always use this grid system and I like to do something familiar that you're used to seeing every day as a motif rather than doing something unfamiliar."
Her work explores themes of globalization, technology and cosmopolitism — all major players in our modern culture. It seems she's seen the damage these forces of modernization have done, and her rug designs explore this struggle between tradition and modernity.
Chen's rugs can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as well as other museums around the world. They're also available for purchase through her online store .