Similar to the way children collect natural objects such as rocks, leaves, and shells to keep as treasure, Amy Chan is constantly on the lookout for unique specimens to use as inspiration for her paintings. While the separate components of Chan’s paintings are derived from real-life objects, her saturated colors, graphic backgrounds, and patterns reminiscent of those found on 90s Trapper Keepers, contribute to her otherworldly scenes. Since much of Chan’s inspiration is specific to her environment, her participation in artist residency programs such as Onoma Fiskars in Finland, the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming, and The Studios of Key West, has allowed her to expand her visual vocabulary and create paintings that are evocative of specific locales.

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Words: Justina Martino

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