Mae Chan (b.1991) lives and works in London, UK. She graduated from the Royal College of Art (2021) with an MA in Textiles. Chan was a finalist nominee for the 2021 Ingram Prize and The New Craftsmen Award at Cockpit Arts (2021). Her work has been exhibited at The Fitzrovia Gallery and ArtSect Gallery, London (2021). She has upcoming group exhibitions with Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London (2021) and Young Space Views, online (2021).  

Artist Statement

Mae Chan’s tactile sculptures are rooted in the poetic, narrative, and artisanal traditions. Referencing the dynamic human form, her work exists to communicate the subtle emotional shifts that occur in the individual experience of intimacy, boundary, and judgment. She often draws inspiration from real stories of human touch, and explores narratives that exist beyond that single moment. Soft and hard materials are juxtaposed poetically to depict the breath, temperature, and weight experienced in the intimate gestures of touch. The compositions act as a metaphor for our recollections of touch during a period when touch has encountered a new taboo.