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In Jen Ting’s most recent work, The Pastry Bag, she explores the subconscious, using the pastry bag as an unconventional canvas. The project took shape in 2022 when she relocated to London to pursuit her career as an artist.

“I grew up in a small city in Pingtung, Taiwan, where life was straightforward and the environment was serene, surrounded by the beauty of mountains, rivers, and the sea. It was a place abundant with nature and home to Taiwan’s unique Formosan sika deer. After relocating to the bustling metropolis of London, I encountered a whirlwind of emotions—excitement, novelty, chaos, joy, hope, loneliness—all a world away from the peacefulness of my hometown. Painting became my sanctuary. The pieces within The Pastry Bag are born from the dreams and inner dialogues that surfaced when I first arrived in London.” – Jen Ting

In the hustle and bustle of a bigger city, where everything moves at a rapid pace and change is constant, many face overwhelming pressure and grueling schedules. It’s normal to find yourself relentlessly pursuing clear objectives but neglecting the importance of engaging in meaningful self-reflection and timely mental refreshment. Jen candidly shares that she too fell into this pattern, experiencing an anxiety disorder shortly after her move to London.

During the early mornings of 2022-2023, while working behind a bakery counter, she found herself in a semi-dreamlike state, pouring her subconscious into this readily available everyday object – a pastry bag. The project developed since and the result is a visually rich and emotionally charged experience. Her creations are characterized by abstract lines and imaginative shapes, often complemented by titles or verses that awaken a sense of childlike wonder.

Jen Ting emphasizes the significance of both physical and mental well-being, with these artworks serving not only as manifestations of personal reflection but also as spaces for internal dialogue.

Left: The Flower Grew on the Chaotic, 2022. Right: Rest in Me, 2022 (marker pen on pastry bag, 25 x 25 cm)
Left: An over-dressing dancer, 2022. Right: A Complicated Situation, 2023 (marker pen on pastry bag, 25 x 25 cm)
Left: Bad Energy, 2023. Right: Shān shuǐ 山水, 2023 (marker pen on pastry bag, 25 x 25 cm)
Left: Shhh, 2023. Right: Girls, 2023 (marker pen on pastry bag, 25 x 25 cm)
Left: The Dog of the Year (The Year of the Dog), 2022. Right: Untitled, 2023 (marker pen on pastry bag, 25 x 25 cm)

The Pastry Bag an invitation to embrace the full range of human emotions and forge a connection with our inner selves. In a world that frequently urges us to stifle chaos, her art serves as a reminder that welcoming chaos can unveil unexpected beauty. As we contemplate her pastry bag, it naturally prompts us to ponder: What do we hold in our own pastry bag—an enclosure for our inner thoughts and subconscious?

If you want to stop thinking, be active!, 2022 (marker pen on pastry bag, 25 x 25 cm)

In Jen Ting’s earlier works, she also emphasizes the importance of physical and mental well-being, which is exemplified in her inaugural comprehensive interactive installation piece The Tumor Bar from 2019. Through this piece, she actively encourages the audience to engage and delve into their most profound personal truths. Moreover, the themes are further explored in her paintings.

The Tumor Bar, 2019. Images by Sami Ait El Maati
Wondering In The Jungle, 2023 (waterproof wall tile, oil stick and marker pen on a wooden board)
Blooming X, 2023 (waterproof wall tile, oil stick and marker pen on a wooden board)
Unpredictable life, 2022 (acrylic on paper, 190 x 150 cm)
Bruise, 2020 (graphics, 54 x 78 cm)

Jen eagerly anticipates the opportunity to reveal both the sweet and bitter moments concealed within people’s hearts, using art as a vehicle to enrich mental and physical well-being in our daily lives.

Jen Ting

Born in 1992 in Pingdong, Taiwan.
Currently lives and works in London, UK.


Jen Ting is working in the field of drawing, painting and installation art. Her artistic journey is rooted in her innate intuition, a wellspring of creativity and emotions and energies she vividly articulate onto various artistic canvases and mediums. What truly sets Jen apart is her remarkable proficiency in harnessing the potential of everyday, commonplace materials to breathe life into her artistic endeavors. In a world often characterized by the pursuit of the extraordinary and the exceptional, Jen possesses a unique ability to transform humble materials, from recycled paper and cardboard to wood scraps, into exquisite works of art. Jen’s artistry is a testament to her capacity to blur the boundaries between the realms of art and the everyday world and she reminds us that art is not confined to museums and galleries alone but is a living, breathing force that can permeate every facet of our lives.

Follow Jen Ting’s work via her website or Instagram.

Edited by Tofu Collective