IV Chan has studied in the Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA); Goldsmiths, University of London; and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (MFA). Through installations and sculptures, IV’s artistic interest is rooted in the juxtaposition derived from the complexity of the human body and its soul. For IV, our inescapable and corporeal existence is without doubt a tragedy worth struggling for and coexisting with. Such investigations allow the artist to review her own problematic bodily experiences while exploring the interrelationships between Man’s original sin and their ways of catharsis. Within this purification and purgation, all sorts of ambivalences involving mythology, religion, social traditions, regional taboos, geographic and demographic discrepancies are being explored. Probing this specific arena, namely the “problematic body”, new discoveries and anticipations of the mortal flesh will be expected and examined. Apart from it all, the intensive process of art making and transfigurations of materials are assiduous and humble efforts of the artist in striving for an ultimate metaphysical state of transgression.
About the co-host:
Cherrie Leung is currently pursuing her degree in Cultural Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, planning to specialize in Cultural Institutions and Programming. She is passionate about making the arts more accessible to the public by exploring how cultural institutions can be an artistic harbour allowing polyphonic, inclusive critical dialogues.