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!