Decode the Art

photo by Michael Ryan
The Columbia City Gallery exhibition 保重 Farewell ends Saturday, March 06, 2010. At the show, you can stick your head in art by Tiffany Lin and play musical instruments by Paul Kikuchi. You can also decode art work by MalPina Chan.

Chan creates multidimensional collages that have been featured in exhibitions at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle City Hall, ArtXchange Gallery, Rosetta Hunter Gallery, and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Her work is in the public collections at the UW Medical Center, King County Courthouse, 4Culture King County Portable Works, Harborview Medical Center, Portland Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Evergreen State College Rare Books Collection as well as the Women Beyond Borders: Art Expressing Life, an international community building project. Chan is represented by Patricia Cameron Gallery.

photo by Michael Ryan
In her three-dimensional work Aspects of the Journey, Chan gathers artifacts of passage with a nod to history. Paper unfurls from an antique Chinese writing desk to reveal images of citizenship documents, certificates of residence, and passport photographs. The swirling collage layers symbols such as 18 small scrolls for luck, rice for sustenance, and silk for fortune. Images on paper are fragile and arbitrary, yet in the stillness and anonymity of the names and photographs, hidden back stories reveal the strength of survival.