When the world is left only black and grey is a poetic refection on human intervention in nature as well as a creative experiment in constructing nature via various forms of human mediation. The works in the exhibition originate in the artist’s ambivalent relationship with nature, her entomophobia as well as her fear of being alone in the wild. Yet by putting herself in the position of a distant observer, the artist confronts the land and natural objects that she fears, unearthing uncanny beauty and identifying mysterious patterns along the creative process. In this journey, she found nature is getting more and more like a human invention, an impure construct and myth that is increasingly becoming a sort of a complex hybrid. Even in the seemingly most untouched parts of the world, traces of human
interference or presence can be found.
In a highly technologized and globalized world, a new form of “natural” beauty is being created through heavy human involvement. Not only do we destroy “nature” but at the same time we also let it grow in ways that are not supposed to be. This unexpected, artifcial change createa kind of unnatural nature. This unnatural nature creates changes in
such a rapid speed and exhibits emergent behaviors that we can no longer easily foresee its consequences, hazards as well as beauty.
The current exhibition refects on this intriguing dilemma between human intervention and natural development. It intends to provide the viewer with a poetic space for thinking about this diffcult and conficting issue. Hazardous as they might be, the toxic beauty of the traces left by us on this planet are often ironically spectacular and fascinating. Struggling with this realization as well as her diffcult relationship with nature, the artist attempts to
use different chemical and toxic processes in producing disturbing and yet visually impressive effects in her work to confront and explore this diffcult problem. By capturing the “horror” and damage of the organic/inorganic destruction in the creative process, the artist intends to stage both a symbolic and literal environmental drama that goes beyond the surface. A visual drama that intimately fuses natural destruction with artistic creation.
With digital aesthetics as an inspiration, Chan creates time based work that fuses two worlds into a new one, combining installation and screenprinting, science and art.