Spotted! Jessica Chan

Jessica Chan-Blue Repose

Blue Repose

Jessica Chan-Untitled Study

Untitled Study

Jessica Chan-LoneSlumber

Lone Slumber

Jessica Chan-Untitled Study 2

Untitled Study 2

Jessica Chan-Untitled Study 3

Untitled Study 3

“My practice revolves around the exploration of how the mind retains mental images and how those images can be expressed into a new image through the medium of painting,” says Jessica Chan. A final year student of LASALLE’s BA(Hons) Fine Arts course, Jessica is interested in the idea of imagery in relation to memory and painting as a form of reproduction of mental images. She is also fascinated with artists who are able to fuse and bridge the past and the present together through their art.

“My current practice stems from a very specific and personal memory from my own childhood back in Canada where I reflect on experiences of what growing up with an abusive mother was like. This history of mine has informed much of my prior works as well, with notions of nostalgia and children playing a consistent role throughout my portfolio.

We live in such a busy world and it is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of it all. It is so crucial in these times to learn how to take a step back and reflect because reflection is the only way to turn experiences into wisdom and insight in life. You win some and you learn some. You never lose if you learn.

In regards to painterly aesthetics, I am very interested and drawn to the way paint maneuvers around the canvas to create contrast – not just in shades (dark/light), but contrast in depth such as the solid versus the transparent, as well as in the contrast between chance and control that is expressed through the fast and slow brush movements. The deliberate depth, gradient, and contrast that I choose to create in my works to me act as a statement about memory and how time shifts our mental imagery of things to varying levels of clarity – the blur versus the detailed.

Zhang Enli is one of my greatest artist inspirations and his perception on art parallels my own understanding about art to a very close measure. In one interview he states that, “Most people like extraordinary things, but they are not important… The spectacular things might attract you, yet the truths we are really looking for are always hiding behind those [commonplace objects].” I believe that the greatest thing art can do for you is not give you understanding about a subject, but that it reveals to you a deeper understanding about something in your own life; art that is open to interpretation and encourages questions and thinking. As an artist I strive to achieve this level of transparency and reflection in my work and will continue to make paintings that attempt to express this concept.”

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