"Suki Chan’s art makes us wonder in more ways than one. It enables us to treasure the wonder of the world through daring to suggest the dreadful cost of the loss of such wonderful phenomena."
Artist and critic (The Guardian newspaper)
Suki Chan uses light, moving image and sound to explore our physical and psychological experience of space. She is drawn to light as a physical phenomenon, and the role it plays in our constantly shifting daily experience of our environment, be it urban or rural. Working with a spectrum of scale, Chan transports us from a macro view of space, a landscape or views of an urban environment, to micro, empirical views of a place, to the individuals and their stories, imaginations and memories.
Through collections of multiples of the same object, such as glasses or school tables, to finding patterns in a murmuration of starlings or the movement of crowds in a metropolis, Chan explores the relationship between an individual to the collective. Architecture, in particular a house or home is a recurring motif and subject matter in the work. From the fortress like, round rammed-earth Hakka houses in China to wooden refuge huts offering temporary shelter from the rising tides off the Northumberland coast to old-Syrian homes in the Golan Heights, Chan questions the nature of our inhabitation in the world from multiple perspectives.
Suki Chan was born in Hong Kong and lives and works in London. Chan graduated from Goldsmiths in 1999 and completed an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art in 2008. Her recent solo shows include A Hundred Seas Rising, a large-scale sound installation, commissioned by Aspex Gallery; Sleep Walk Sleep Talk, a major video installation commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, shown at Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art and Interval II, commissioned by the Chinese Arts Centre, supported by Film London.
Chan has been included in several group shows in the UK, including Futuremap, David Roberts Art Foundation, London and Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also shown work internationally in Spain, USA, Singapore, Japan and China.
In 2010, Chan curated a moving image show for the Jerwood Space, investigating the reciprocal relationship between moving image and sound. The exhibition explored sound not merely as an accompaniment to the moving image but how the force of one multiplies the power of the other.
Chan’s work is included in public and private collections in the UK and USA, including the Museum of London, David Roberts Art Foundation, The Ingram Collection and The Celebrity Art Collection on The Solstice ship. …Read More