Suki Chan’s practice combines light, moving image and sound within mixed-media installations to explore our physical and psychological experience of space. Using simple, repetitive and sometimes painstaking processes, abstracting familiar materials and objects, creating imaginary and uncanny narratives. Chan explores boundaries between private and public space and the relationship between an individual to the collective. A grain of rice, a house and bird are recurring motifs and subject matter in the work. Working with a spectrum of scale, from micro to macro, Chan’s installations are loaded with symbolic references to time and place, questioning the nature of our inhabitation in the world.
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 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 2009, Chan was selected as one of six young British artists by Charles Saatchi to take part in the BBC’s School of Saatchi. Most recently, she curated a moving image show for the Jerwood Space in 2010.
Portrait photos by Graeme Cooper and Scott Trindle.