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Biography

Kaitie Chan was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2020. She was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate in Sculpture in 2019 and 2020. Her main focus is sculpture in metal, clay, and fiber. Through her work, she explores the body, the mind, and structures of nature.

Artist Statement

My work includes wearable pieces, free standing sculptures and kinetic sculptures. My works often engage with the body as subject and adornment. My work is mostly autobiographical, equally inspired by my struggles (i.e. anxiety) and desires (i.e. BDSM). Lotuses and roses are recurring symbols. I work to recuperate social clichés into meaningful forms relating to my own experiences and personal issues. My work is highly stylized, often highlighting the natural finish of its material. When using clay and wax, I leave my fingerprints as residues of my process of making.