Kristina Chan

Getting To Know Kristina Chan

Kristina Chan is a London-based artist working between printmaking, photography and public installation. Her recent work ‘Fault Lines’ is currently exhibited at Hancock Gallery in Newcastle. We catch up about her recent work, upcoming adventures and her luxe things in life…

Getting to know you

Kristina Chan

Job title
Printmaker and photographer

Where is home?

Kristina Chan

The day job

What do you do for a living?
I’m a printmaker and photograper

A day in the life of you?
Every day is different. There is never a dull moment. Some days I’m on a shoot, other days I’m in the darkroom or studio working with the printing presses.

Any recent, ongoing, or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?
My exhibition ‘Fault Lines’ is currently exhibited at the Hancock Gallery. It’s an entirely new body of work based on volcanic landscapes and pocket environments across the Pacific and Atlantic.

I’m also very excited about an upcoming project that starts with a research trip to the Arctic Circle in summer 2024. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to go, so that’s something I’m really looking forward to.

What does downtime mean to you?
Curling up with a good book, going for a climb or escaping the city for a spontaneous weekend jaunt.

Kristina Chan

Lessons in life

What did you want to be when you were growing up? 
I’ve always wanted to be an explorer or an artist. I like to think I found a way to be both.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? 
Go after what you want and make it happen. 

What is your greatest fear? 

Which living person do you most admire and why?
There are so many people for so many different reasons. I’ve always admired Cornelia Parker. I find endless inspiration in her work. It’s poetic, thought-provoking and moving.

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Living luxe

What is top of your bucket list?
Going to the Arctic Circle has been at the top for decades. I can’t believe it’s finally happening.

What is your most treasured possession?
I have this book of poetry, Possible Past by Aislinn Hunter. I’ve carried it with me everywhere I’ve moved and must have reread it countless times. It reminds me of home, inspires me to write, explore and create all at once.

What does the weekend mean to you? 
Saturday lunacy, Sunday recovery.

A memorable holiday? 
Guadeloupe, hands down. I loved the landscape, the people were incredible, and the sunsets unreal!

Best dress? 
A little black number that is my go-to any chance I get. 

Who would be your top three dinner guests?
I’d want to have dinner with my three closest friends. I know it’s nothing fancy or based on celebrities but we move around a lot and have stayed close despite the time zones and the countries over the years. It doesn’t happen enough, but when we do find the time, it’s always magic. 

The last place you ate. 
Smoke and Salt in Tooting, highly recommend.

The last book you read. 
Great Expeditions: 50 Journeys that Changed Our World by Alan Greenwood

The last thing you listened to. 
For Elise, Saint Motel

The last thing you watched. 
I went on a bit of an Attenborough binge. Frozen Planet has basically been on repeat since I found out I’m going to the Arctic Circle.

Your three luxe things in life?
Fresh sheets, candlelight, and sunsets from the roof.