Born in Guyana and educated in Canada, Halifax now provides the backdrop for Lucie Chan’s delicate and evocative drawing-based art practice. Manifesting in many forms – charcoal sketches, paper installations, animations – Chan’s artwork articulates themes such as longing, rootlessness and diaspora.
For this site-specific installation, between, and in tears, Chan remounts a project originally displayed in Quebec. She combines large objects (tear-drop shaped sculptures made from and suspended from the gallery) with animations and drawings into a unique, evocative installation.
Vicky Chainy-Gagnon, the curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, writes: While developing between, and in tears, Chan drew on her experiences interviewing recent immigrants to Canada. Chan’s poetic animations are based on her interactions with these individuals and their personal hitories and experience. Out of the somber darkness and ambiguity of the teardrop drawings her delicate animations provide the only colour in the exhibit and represent the hope that Chan’s subject have for their futures in a new country.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Ms Chainey-Gagnon, and by Ray Cronin, AGNS Acting Director.
Lucie Chan holds a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has participated in several group exhibitions, in Canada but mainly in Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal. In 2003, she completed the Artist in Residency’s Program at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Lucie Chan completed a Self-Direct, Creative Residency at the Banff Center for Arts in 2004. Currently, her work is part of a 2-year traveling exhibition, Just My Imagination, which includes the works of 14 contemporary Canadian drawing-based artists. Her exhibition between, and in tears, was originally mounted at the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec in late 2006. She also was part of a two-person exhibition at the Peterborough Art Gallery in early 2007.