Lives and works in the UK
2020 Sentient Mecha Furniture, BALTIC39, Newcastle
2020 Subsequent Hotchpotch, DKUK, Peckham
2019 Sentient Home Devices, Gallery North, Newcastle
2020 The Potion Room, Subsidiary Projects, London
2019 Newbridge Collective Studio Open Studio, The Newbridge Project, Gateshead
2019 Online Presents curated by Jessy Jepacks, Skelf [www.skelf.org.uk]
2019 Five Pound Poster Party, CBS Gallery, Liverpool.
2019 Up is a Relative Concept: Launch of Fold(Lab), Fold, London
2019 London Art Fair with IMT Gallery, Business Design Centre, London
2019 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London
2018 Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester Central, Manchester
2018 Chop Leisure, IMT Gallery, London
2018 Opolis, 93 Baker Street, London
2018 The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize, Gallery North, Newcastle
2018 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial 2018, Liverpool
2017 Carnival of the Animals and Danse Macabre, San Mei Gallery, London
2017 Chain by 15, Papa Bear, London
2017 Slade Print Fair, UCL, London
2016 Vault, UCL Art Museum, London
2016 Long Distant Song Effects, The Milton Gallery, London
2015 Les Etudiants, Salon, London
2015 Rose, Lemons, Okra or Goutweed, The Embassy Tea Gallery, London
2013 Works on Paper Fair, Science Museum, London
2013 National Open Art Competition, The Pallent House Gallery, London
2013 National Open Art Competition, The Royal College of Art Galleries, London
2018 The Duveen Travel Scholarship | UCL
2018 The Woon Prize | The Woon Foundation
2017 The Alfred W Rich Prize | Slade
2015 Max Werner Drawing Prize | Slade
2013 The Piron Strange Award | National Open Art Competition
2019 Collective Studio: Introduction to ceramics, The Newbridge Project, Gateshead.
2019 Sunday Spot Sessions, South London Gallery, London
2019 Dialogues: characters in Clay ceramic workshop, Northumbria University, Newcastle
2014 - 2018 Slade School of Art, Ba Fine Art Sculpture
2013 - 2014 City and Guilds School of Art Foundation
Chin builds sculptures encompassing many different materials and mediums, creating installations that have including kinetic and robotic pieces, animation, sound, water features and horticultural elements. Her work reflects on contemporary confusions; conflicting senses of foreboding and humour in fast evolving technology, redefined perceptions in the mesh of reality and simulation.
Her Installations present chaotic settings through clashes of organic and synthetic materials, handcrafted and readymade objects, and erratic cacophonies of sound and moving elements. Ancient folktales are translated into future contexts, amidst fictional narratives and characters that weave throughout her work. Robotic protagonists manifest in sculptures or plod across screens, existing in a temporal ambiguity, and limbos of real and virtual space. Intimated limbs and anthropomorphic features encourage cross-species empathy, transforming objects into animate beings, their experiences dictating the examination of these speculative scenarios.
Kara Chin lives and works in Newcastle, where she is a member of the Newbridge Collective Studio. She won the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize 2018, undertaking a yearlong residency in the Woon Tai Jee Studio, hosted by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. Recent exhibitions include solo shows, Sentient Home Devices (2019) at Gallery North, Newcastle; Subsequent Hotchpotch (2020) at DKUK, London; and Sentient-Mecha-Furniture at Baltic39, Newcastle. Chin graduated from The Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2018.