Born in Malaysia and currently based in Japan, artist Kevin Chin explores how we create a sense of belonging within the ‘global village.’ With signature gentleness, he traverses cultural and sexual politics to discuss the fluidity of ‘home.’ His practice is based in oil painting, and crosses sculptural and photographic languages to open spaces between those remembered and imagined.
At once humorous yet filled with pathos and instability, Chin plays on our attempts to realise dreams for a better life, be it through migration, consumer travel, same-sex marriage, or home renovation. By re-assembling fragments of paradise with the domestic, he finds the otherworldly within the everyday.
Chin’s previous solo exhibitions at West Space, Linden, Kings and TCB were recently documented in a published catalogue, ‘Safe Hiding Spot,’ assisted by a City of Melbourne Arts Projects grant. The catalogue brings together essays on his work by esteemed art writers including Ashley Crawford, Dr Kevin Murray, and Dr Elizabeth Presa.