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ARTIST STATEMENT

“Starting” is my favorite part of the artistic process. It can be argued that my entire journey to create a piece is “just starting” because each mark is determined in relation to the previous mark. My drawings are completely free handed, meaning I do not pencil it in ahead of time. I feel decisions are best made through the act of creating as opposed to pre-planning because I believe too much planning will rob an artist of their creativity. My colour palette is also decided as I work. I make a choice about one, maybe two colours, then I will pick my next move after I finish those layers.

This way of improvised working creates a dialogue between myself and the work. I listen to my instinct, energy and emotion. There is also a sense of self in that I don’t worry about a mistake. I only react to what I see, knowing that anything can be adjusted and reacted to. To me, it’s improvisation and trust that are the basis of how I create. This really allows me to enjoy what I do and fully invest myself into the work.

I’m often asked where the symbols in my work come from and if they have any meaning. The origin of my mark making comes from a time when I was learning lettering from a graffiti artist. He told me that people would normally add a symbol at the end of their name to give an identity to their signature, such as an exclamation point or a star. With that idea, I started adding my own symbols, (triangles, circles, etc.) around the words I was graffitiing. Eventually, I dropped the lettering altogether and focused on expanding my own “abstract language” using those different types of shapes. I became obsessed with filling pages upon pages with these shapes. In regards to the meaning of the marks, I prefer to think of them as a tool. Individually, the marks do not mean as much as they do together, as an entity. Their density, movement and scale can all change to convey emotions I’m feeling around a certain subject or thought.

I’m fascinated in how something may make you feel. For instance, I’m deeply moved by images of outer space from the Hubble space telescope, but I do not try to recreate those photographs in my work. What does not exist in those photos, is how they may make us feel. This is why you won’t see any “realism” in my art. When we send astronauts to space, they can discuss factually what is happening, but what truly moves human beings is when astronauts describe how they felt while they were there. So, I choose to express how I feel, as opposed to illustrate what I see.


BIO

Fiona Chinkan is a New York City based artist. Fiona began her signature style of drawings in 2001, as a way to accompany graffiti lettering she was exploring at the time. Over the years, she has developed the lines and forms as a means to express herself and interpret the world around her. She graduated cum laude in 2007 from the University of Hartford Art School with a BFA concentration in Visual Communication Design, minors in Photography and Art History.  She moved to New York City post graduation to pursue a career in graphic design and worked as a digital art director in the fashion industry for 10 years before deciding to pursue art full-time. Fiona creates out of her Brooklyn-based studio.

You can see her daily drawings on instagram here: fionac.nyc

INQUIRES/COLLABorations

For original drawings or to collaborate together on any projects, contact by email at: fionac.nyc@gmail.com


artist cv

SHOWS
Juried La Bodega: small/MIGHTY    New York City, NY    December 2018
Juried The Other Art Fair    New York City, NY    November 2018
Juried Rockaway’s Artist Alliance presents “ArtSplash 2018”    New York City, NY    September-October 2018
Shared Energies: Momentum    Inverness, Canada    August-September 2018
The New Yorker's Show    Tokyo, Japan    July-August 2018
Pleiades Gallery: Small Works Show    New York City, NY    February 2018
Juried The Other Art Fair    New York City, NY    November 2017
Small World Coffee: Featured Artist of the Month    Princeton, NJ    September 2017
Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between    Princeton, NJ    May & June 2017
Juried Greenpoint Gallery's First Salon Show of 2017    New York City, NY    January 2017
Juried Making the Future    New York City, NY    September-October 2016
Live Art Exhibition presented by The Set    New York City, NY    August 2016
The NY Grind: Art Warehouse Showcase    New York City, NY    July 2016
Blacklight: A NY Fine Art Show presented by The Set    New York City, NY    July 2016
Leaders of the Youth Art Festival    Waterbury, CT    June 2016
Juried Mad Gallery Show    New York City, NY    June 2016
Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between    Inverness, Canada    June 2016
Juried PINK! Show    Hartford, CT    March 2016
Our Greatest Generations: Untold Stories of Jewish War Veterans    Hartford, CT    Nov 2007
Juried VCD Senior Exhibition: Resolution    Hartford, CT    May 2007
A Petite Retrospective on Intimacy    Hartford, CT    April 2007
Tapas & Art    Hartford, CT    Feb 2007
Sobriety    Hartford, CT    Feb 2007
Mix06    Hartford, CT    Feb 2007
Juried Annual Goldfarb Show    Hartford, CT    Feb 2006 & 2007
A Petite Retrospective on Intimacy    Collinsville, CT    November & December 2007
A Retrospective on Intimacy    Franklin Lakes, NJ    June 2006
Mix06    Melbourne, Australia    October 2006

RESIDENCIES
Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between    Inverness, Canada    July-August 2018
Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between    Princeton, NJ    April-May 2017
Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between    Inverness, Canada    June 2016

PRESS
Featured on DoodleAddicts instagram and facebook account   December 2018
Canvas by Saatchi Art: Sketchbook Project’s 5 Must See Artists at The Other Art Fair Brooklyn   November 2018
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Drug Store News: Culture Republick focuses on creating better for you sweets October 2018
GreenPointers.com: The Other Art Fair Returns Nov 8-11 October 2018
Cottages & Gardens: What to Expect at the Other Art Fair October 2018
University of Hartford News: Spring 2018 Issue June 2018
Pleiades Gallery: NYC Gallery Openings February 2018
Art Zealous: "The Other Art Fair Returns to New York with Attention to Female Artists"   November 2017
Hartford Art School News: Class News April 2017
CentralJersey.com: "It’s All About the Star Stuff: Artists-in-Residence Fiona Chinkan and Maria Doering create art that is influenced by bodies—both human, and celestialApril 2017
Featured on MadGallery instagram account   May, June & July 2016
Featured on TaxCollection instagram account   March + June 2016 & September 2018
Featured on GirlSeesArt instagram account   January 2016