PROJECT 387

Artist Residency, Artist Community

Located on 150 acres of redwood forest, Project 387 provides a multidisciplinary residency program offering a community-based living and working experience for artists in all career stages. The residency is a unique opportunity to delve into the creative process in a focused, exploratory, and rigorous manner while removed from the clamor of urban distractions.

Meet Christy Chan

Meet Christy Chan! She will be joining this summer to finalize the screenplay for her upcoming film. Learn more about her work and process below! 

p387: Tell us briefly about the focus of your work.

CC: I’m interested in storytelling as a form of communion and the fact that no two people share a reality.   Everything funny, good, bad, weird, and wonderful, I feel, comes from people trying to impose their realities on each other.  

p387: What themes are you currently exploring?

CC: The urge to connect, race, class, empathy, love, hate, spirituality.

p387: What are you looking at, reading, or listening to right now that is influencing your work or process?

CC: I recently started reading Buddha Mind, a book about how conceptual art has been influenced by Buddhist thinking and principles of impermanence.  I have had a meditation practice for a while and have noticed its effect on my art process, in the sense that it gives me a safety to flow with my thoughts. So it’s been interesting to read about how some of my heroes have been affected long-term by Zen Buddhism practices.  It’s helping me connect the dots on why certain habits are working vs. not working.   

p387: What does a typical day in the studio/office look like for you?

CC: I  usually get to the studio by 9 and work until 2.

p387: Is there anything unusual that helps you stay focused while working?

CC: It’s probably not unusual, but a quiet white box for a studio, where I can shut out the world.  I also have a beat up shoebox called the distractions box.  If I’m feeling stuck in a tape deck of my own thoughts, I try to write about it and then I stick the note in that box. 

p387: What's the best advice someone has giving you about your work? The worst?

CC: An instructor from film school said stop thinking so much and just feel the work.  , He also frequently quoted a Pedro Almodovar line “Let your mistakes become your style.”

I try not to remember the bad advice. 

p387: Are you involved in any upcoming shows/events/happenings?

CC: I have some work in a one night happening on July 4th called “Talkies” in San Francisco.

p387: Is there one particular thing you are most looking forward to at Project 387?

CC: I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and hugging some beautiful trees.  

Thanks Christy! We are looking forward to meeting you too!