They are artists: Michelle Chan

Tell us about your art practice. I create art about psychology.  My work explores and expresses the myriad intricate sensations and feelings underlying various aspects and moments of human experience, such as being in harmony with nature, relationships, resilience in hardship, hope, and love, through abstract painting.  I specialize in applying the mind-body technique called “Focusing” to my art practice. Everything I created come from my personal experience, intuition and reflections.

A Matter of Priorities, 2014 Acrylic on canvas 25.4 x 25.4 cm
A Matter of Priorities, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
25.4 x 25.4 cm

How did you begin your art journey? My passion for fine art stemmed from the opportunity to study in visual art courses during my childhood and adolescent years in Hong Kong and Sydney.  I have fallen in love with sketching and painting since then.  Being a clinical psychologist for many years, I have also been very passionate in exploring with various creative art forms for the purpose of enhancing one’s well-being.  I also write music and I have released a music CD album for easy listening, called “Love You Love Me”.  My previous study in RMIT University’s Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme has been an eye-opening experience that has refined the research ideas in my studio practice.  My MFA supervisor and buddies have always been an important source of support in the art journey. What would you like to achieve through your practice? I hope that my artworks can serve as a platform for viewers to pause and reflect, so as to make possible an ‘experiential dialogue’ with the content in my abstract paintings that refer to important human experience at a personal affective level, and conceptual and aesthetic as well.

Close to You, 2014 Acrylic on canvas 30.5 x 22.9 cm
Close to You, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
30.5 x 22.9 cm

How does art affect your life?  Art is life. Art is everywhere. Art is about you and me. Art connects, touches and transcends.  Art enriches my life, it allows me to live with sense of presence and express and share my feelings and thoughts with others in a free, interactive space. Which are the places that inspire you? The nature in Hong Kong, Page One, Kubrick, places with great people and music, cafes with jazz music, my car, my home.

“During leisure times, I like to drive aimlessly to different places – to explore, see, feel… if encounter too marvelous a place, I’d bring my beloved ones for an encore.”

  About Michelle, Wing Chiu Chan Website: / Michelle’s works:

Favourite book: All kinds of books on psychology, art, design, and travel.

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