Linjing Peng
Linjing Peng (b. 1993, China) is a multidisciplinary artist based in London.

‘I’ am an accumulation of experiences, good and bad.”
— Statement on “Memory”, 2021

“The importance of revisiting my memory again and again is that it is a second chance for me to give meaning to my experience. Recalling traumatic experiences from when I was growing up and gaining more experience and knowledge has given me the opportunity to look at these events from a different perspective, with a different understanding, and give them a different meaning. I hope that through this constant practice, I can resolve the stress response left by the traumatic experience in my neural pathways.”
— Statement on “Memory”, 2022

“I am finally becoming who I want to be, and my life now is rewarding me in a way that my childhood never did.”
— Statement on “Happiness”, 2022

As an artist, my work is centered around the theme of trauma and the process of healing. Trauma, for me, is not just an event or experience, but a wound that remains unhealed until it is intentionally addressed. Through my practice, I explore the impact of trauma on the human psyche and the ways in which it can manifest in one's physical, emotional, and social well-being.

My own journey towards healing began with a diagnosis of depression and bipolar-II in my early twenties. This led me to a deep dive into the study of depression, the human body, neural science, and biology. Through this exploration, I began to uncover the root causes of my own struggles, including childhood trauma, deprived needs, and dismissed feelings.

My practice is a reflection of my personal journey towards healing and the discovery of the practices and activities that have helped me find joy, express my emotions, and regain a sense of control. Whether it's through ceramics, DJing, dancing, painting, teaching, or sewing, these practices have been essential to my own healing process.

Through my work, I hope to shed light on the pervasive and systemic issues that contribute to trauma and the ways in which our current culture often dismisses and undermines the experiences of those who suffer from it. My goal is to inspire others to confront these issues, find their own paths towards healing, and create a more compassionate and supportive society.

In essence, my art is a reflection of my own journey towards healing, a celebration of the practices that have helped me on this path, and a call to action for greater awareness and understanding of the complex issues surrounding trauma.

From the soul’s point of view, you come to appreciate that each one of us is living out his or her own karma. We interact together, and those interactions are the grist for each other’s mill of awakening. From a personality point of view, you develop judgment, but from the soul’s point of view, you develop appreciation.

This shift from judging to appreciating — to appreciating yourself and what your karmic predicament is, and who other beings are with their own karma — brings everything into a simple loving awareness. To be free means to open your heart and your being to the fullness of who you are because only when you are resting in place of unity can you truly honor and appreciate others and the incredible diversity of the universe.

—  Ram Dass


Central Saint Martins  BA Fashion Design Womenswear (2012-16)
Goldsmiths, University of London MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (2016-17)

Céline  Womenswear designer (2014-2015, 2016-2018)
Calvin Klein  Womenswear designer (2018)