Who I Am

I am a storyteller

It’s what I love to do most

Quietly observing the special and ordinary moments that make life beautiful

An interdisciplinarian

Connecting

Light and form and space

To leave the world a better place

Who I Am

I am a storyteller

It’s what I love to do most

Quietly observing the special and ordinary moments that make life beautiful

An interdisciplinarian

Connecting

Light and form and space

To leave the world a better place

Artist Statement


Catherine Chan is a visual artist based out of Vancouver, BC whose work reflects upon themes of social and environmental sustainability, impermanence, and the human experience of change on different timescales. Catherine is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver with a BFA in Photography.


Prior to attending art school, Catherine completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto in Biogeography and Physics, and a Master of Science degree at the University of Guelph in Soil Science. She was a research scientist studying soil ecology and biochemistry, and her experiences in the natural sciences continue to inform her practice.


Her inspiration comes from the landscape, beauty found in unexpected places, and from the openness of people’s hearts.

Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

2010 BFA, Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Photography)

2005 MSc, University of Guelph (Soil Science)

2001 Honours BSc, University of Toronto (Biogeography, Physics)


PUBLIC ART

I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto ON

The Luminous Project, Capilano University, North Vancouver BC

Seed Bank, City of Richmond No.3 Road Art Columns, Richmond BC (temporary installation)

Sediment Transport, Port Metro Vancouver, Vancouver BC (temporary installation)


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS + Residencies

2021 Artist-in-Residence, The Gallery at Queen's Park, New Westminster BC

2019 International Living Futures Institute Earth Day Celebration & Exhibition, Vancouver BC

2018 Zero Carbon, Imagine Gallery, Vancouver BC

2016 Small Monuments to Food, City of Richmond No.3 Road Art Columns, Richmond BC

2015 10 for 10th, City of Toronto Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto, Toronto ON

2014 For the Record: Roadmaps & Diaries, Living Arts Centre Gallery, Mississauga ON

2013-2014 Memory, Richmond Public Art Gallery, Richmond BC

2012 Container Art, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver BC

2012 Postcards from Home, Ste. Emilie Skillshare, Montreal QC

2011 Connecting the Dots, Five Sixty Gallery, Vancouver BC

2011 Opening Borders/Opening Objects, University of Western Ontario Visual Arts, curated online exhibition

2010 Emily Carr 2010 External Photo Grad Show, The Lido Gallery, Vancouver BC

2010 Emily Carr Graduation Exhibition, ECU, Vancouver BC

2010 Concerning the Heart, UBC House of Learning, Vancouver BC

2009 I’m Fine, You’re Fine, On the Rise Artist Collective, Vancouver BC (catalogue)

2009 Moving Through the Image, Concourse Gallery ECU, Vancouver BC

2009 The Green Life, Concourse Gallery ECU, Vancouver BC

2009 Home, Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Port Coquitlam BC (catalogue)

2008 Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria BC

2008 This is Green, Concourse Gallery ECU, Vancouver BC

2007 Shift, Concourse Gallery ECU, Vancouver BC


SHORTLISTS, AWARDS + SCHOLARSHIPS

2019 Shortlisted for 1441 St Georges Public Art Call

2016 Awarded Project Funding, City of Richmond No.3 Road Art Columns

2015 Awarded Project Grant, City of Toronto Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto

2010 Applied Arts Student Design Award (Photography)

2007-2010 Emily Carr University of Art + Design Scholarships

2009 CAPIC Rodeo Contest Finalist (Photography)


PUBLICATIONS

2010 Schwartz, Phyllis. When Alexander’s Library Burned: Emily Carr University Grad Show, BC Potters 46(5): 4-5.

2009 Pawlak, Zoë and Merete Kristiansen. I’m Fine, You’re Fine. 14 Artists Respond to Climate Change, self-published.

2009 Chan, Catherine. An Act of Preservation: Photographing my Grandmother’s Funeral Portrait, DIVERSE Magazine, Issue One.

2008 Chan, Catherine. Considering the Environment through Art and Design, WOO Magazine, Issue Two.

2009 Chan, C., Kay, B. D. and Gregorich, E. G. Spatial Variability in Organic Carbon Stocks on Level Sites: Relation to Vertical Penetration of the A Horizon. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 89: 455-459.

2008 Chan, C., Kay, B. D. and Gregorich, E. G. Predicting a Ceiling for Soil Carbon Sequestration Under No-till in Eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 88: 775-786.

2008 Gregorich, E.G., Rochette, P., St-Georges, P., McKim, U.F., and Chan, C. Tillage Effects on N2O Emissions from Soils under Corn and Soybeans in Eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 88: 153-161.

2007 Chan, C., Kay, B. D. and Gregorich, E. G. Factors influencing mineralizable carbon in a landscape with variable topography. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 87: 495-509.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & COMMITTEES

2008-present Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC)

2006-2009 Sustainability Working Group, Emily Carr University of Art + Design