Underlying Kathryn Chan's ethereal works are reactions to current events. This social commentary is integral to her work and rooted in the carnival and the calypso music of Trinidad, her homeland. Her recent installations—gouaches on wood, silk and steel constructions, and water-filled clear plastic bottles—can be seen as extensions of her earlier watercolors and oils, but these forms in space also refer to the experience of carnival.
Chan’s Radcliffe project will explore further her vision of humanity and universal issues with the aim of capturing feelings, moments in life, and states of being that are fleeting yet last forever in the psyche.
After studying at the Parsons School of Design, Chan completed her BFA at Carnegie-Mellon University. She has designed for Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre Company, as associate to Peter Minshall of the Callaloo Company (contemporary performance art in Trinidad), and for contemporary dance performances by London choreographers. She is the progenitor of the Museum of Popular and Folk Art of Trinidad and Tobago and curator of the exhibition “Folklore to Festival: A Celebration of Our Cosmos.” She has been awarded fellowships in the visual arts from the Vermont Studio Center/Reed Foundation, the UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture/Civitella Ranieri Center, Italy, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Caribbean Contemporary Arts in Trinidad hosted her first one-person exhibition in 2001.