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 explore 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.
Mae Chan graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Textiles. Chan received the Norwegian Textile Artists’ Association Grant 2022. She was a finalist nominee for the 2021 Ingram Prize. Her work has been exhibited in Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, Young Space Views, and Fitzrovia Gallery.