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By Cathy

Ka-Kei Chan

On 17, May 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

I was born in China in the 1970s just after the end of the Cultural Revolution, being exposed to a culture loaded with revolution and propaganda. In the mid-1980s, I moved to Hong Kong with my family and spent my teenage-years in a colonial status, before I studied Arts and Graphic Design abroad, in London. Thus my life has been affected by a variety of cultural dynamics: I have experienced different modes of modernity in times of great political social and cultural transformations in greater China in the past few decades. My diasporic transnational background gave me tastes of live in a post cosmopolitanism city – Shanghai –, life in a capitalist epicentre with colonial legacy – Hong Kong –, and life in one of the most prolific cultural hubs of the Western World – London.

My artistic life began at age of 5 when my parents gave a set of comic stripes called “Three Kingdoms”. I was deeply influenced by those little pictures, and since then I have been interested in traditional Chinese cultural and history, writing my own stories and drawing my own comics. It came natural to choosen Graphic Design as my career. Luckily, I joined a degree programme that taught me to be “bilingual” in both art and design, and gave me a wide range of media to express myself. After ten years professional experiences, I am now standing on the edge of multi culture, region and field.

My aim is to be a versatile practicing graphic designer in a wide range of media. I believe that I can work fluidly with the different perspectives of my multicultural background. It is my mission to blur boundaries between reality and fantasy; West and East; science and humanities. I want to make my works to be collages works that join multiple elements to form a new vision.