Carmen Zhou was born in Beijing, China, and is an artist currently located in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with a BFA in Oil Painting from China Academy of Art in 2019, and an MFA in Studio
art from Syracuse University. Carmen’s work has been exhibited internationally in China, Spain, Belgium, the United States, as well as in several online exhibitions including ones juried by Robert Ebendorf and Laura Kalman.

With a metalsmithing background, Carmen found connections with glass beads and uses them as the main material in her current work. She associates the belittled, overrated perception of the beads, the laborious, delicate nature of beading with women’s social status, and stereotypical perceptions of gender roles. Carmen combines beading with metalsmithing techniques to create jewelry and wearable objects that serve as a voice that tells her own stories and communicates to the audience who has similar experiences. Ultimately, Carmen aims to provoke introspections toward assumptions and oppressive gender expectations of women, leading to understanding, empathy, and equality within the gender context in society.