The Art of Irene Chan

Irene Chan.

Irene Chan.

The Artist
Irene Chan is a multidisciplinary artist who works conceptually in print media, papermaking, installation, storytelling performance, and book arts. Her books and works on paper have been exhibited internationally and held in 70 public collections including the Walker Art Center, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, and British Library in London. In 1995, Chan established Ch’An (ch’ ahn) Press through which she has self-published prints and 29 limited-edition artist books to date. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Washington D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, fellowships to 14 artist residencies, and has exhibited and performed in 76 venues in the last ten years.
Irene Chan holds an M.F.A. with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute and a degree in architecture (BArch) with a Minor in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is an Associate Professor in the departments of Visual Arts (Head of Print Media) and Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County For more information, go to her website, http://ch-anpress.com; check facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ch.anpress; and see her iInterview at http://www.wsworkshop.org/2014/08/alumnae-spotlight-irene-chan/

YELLOWSKIN BRACELET

This book is in a performance. This is an alternative book form because the “pages” are the text around the bracelet.

This book is in a performance. This is an alternative book form because the “pages”
are the text around the bracelet.

AN INCOMPLETE (SEX) EDUCATION

The sculptural book is first a flat leaf, then opens into a flower. When tied around the waist, it is a skirt. The text is paper cut-outs and comes out of the four petals of the sculptural book skirt. When placed in the “garden”, the flower is pollinated with text from the story.

The sculptural book is first a flat leaf, then opens into a flower. When tied around the waist, it is a skirt. The text is paper cut-outs and comes out of the four petals of the sculptural book skirt. When
placed in the “garden”, the flower is pollinated with text from the story.

MOON-FACED TYPECAST

The lyrics satire a well-known song from an American film that used Yellowface.

The lyrics satire a well-known song from an American film that used Yellowface.

BABOONS MARCHING

A collage self-portrait in response to an 1858 newspaper cartoon. The commentator says he cannot understand how Southern Chinese women can be described as beautiful. He likens their appearance to baboons.

A collage self-portrait in response to an 1858 newspaper cartoon. The commentator says he cannot understand how Southern Chinese women can be described as beautiful. He likens their appearance to baboons.

MOVING PARTS CONCENTRATION

While watching contemporary dance performances, I noticed pairing, natural opposites, placement memory, and chance patterns. I thought of playing the memory game Concentration. In this specialized set, there are representations of flora, fauna, and man-made nature. Part of a ten-box set with nine other artists sponsored by Pyramid Atlantic and CityDance.

While watching contemporary dance performances, I noticed pairing, natural opposites, placement memory, and chance patterns. I thought of playing the memory game Concentration. In this specialized set, there are representations of flora, fauna, and man-made nature. Part of a ten-box set with nine other artists sponsored by Pyramid Atlantic and CityDance.

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