Artist Statement

“We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are.” (John Berger, 1972) 


I am fascinated by the evocative quality of daily scenery; how things trigger memories and emotions, revealing our deeper innermost shadow self and interfering perceptions. ​Through collecting ordinary scenery from every day life and recreating these images with personal narrative, I explore the boundary between reality, memories and imagination. What is on the canvas are the remnants and the distilled forms of the past and memories, creating the sense of ambiguity between reality and imagination, absence and presence.


Though the past is lost and is not possible to authentically portrayed, the memories evolve with and through people. There will always be a way to trace back the origins of the subjects, and resonate with the present at the same time. I aim to capture the uncanny an haunted moment and the sense of loneliness that cause the viewers to relate on their own experiences, to interpret and escape from the present fixed time and space.

© 2020 by Sirius Chan