Kristina Chan, the 2020 recipient of the Ingram Prize, explores narrative and place, evoking a felt history through printmaking, alternative photography and sculpture.
Each work tells a story while exploring our relationship with place, constructed through personal and collective experience.
Adrift is an exhibition and expansion on the themes explored by Kristina Chan's winning work Banksia Seeds and builds on inspiration found within the Ingram Collection, specifically in the works of Charles Gunner and William Turnbull.
“For me, it has always been a question of re-routing, in this moment between before and after. It is still and waiting, anticipatory and held. It becomes its own type of landscape, of precipice.” Kristina Chan.
This collection began in the Blue Mountains, documenting the approach of the 2019 bushfires that ravaged New South Wales, Australia, where she witnessed nature’s capacity for renewal, regrowth and resilience in the wake of natural disaster and human impact. In the following months, upon returning to the UK, it later evolved, taking on a wider meaning and representing the strength and perseverance not only within the landscape but ourselves.
To this effect, there are two stories being told – one is physical, tangible, and geographic. Another is metaphorical – how we approach the very idea of where we are and the stands we take when we near our edge.