Michelle Chan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) in 2019 with a double major in Fiber and Art history, and a certificate in Asian Studies. Her work addresses being an American-born Chinese through the lens of pop culture and consumerism. Chan was a studio resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation between 2019-2021.
I incorporate mixed media fiber processes to create large scale sculptural objects and installations. My work addresses being an American-born Chinese. While growing up, I have felt like a perpetual foreigner to both to the United States and to my heritage; with the expectation of representing one or the other. From these experiences, I recreate consumer items into a hybrid or parody of Chinese and American culture to navigate the blurred space of being a part of both. Through this framework I create a space for viewers to contemplate the inequalities of Chinese and American relations.