Senior Lecturer, Fine Art
Working across and amidst sculpture, moving image, and writing, JJ Chan draws material from lived experience and stories stolen from eavesdropped conversations on the train, and at the bus stop, to explore the edges of our realities.
At the foundations of this work is an investigation of portraiture and self-portraiture which seeks new cartographies of gender, identity, and collecting that are sited at the boundaries between the authentic and the imaginary. Through storytelling and world-building, the work (re)searches for an alternative space beyond aggressively progressive capitalist time, seeking new worlds from the ashes of the present.
The aim is to make possible new forms of representation and storytelling, asking along the way questions of materiality, embodiment, and sensuality which ooze towards the discovery of a new kind of imag(in)ing.