June 12th, 2019 to July 2nd, 2019 at the Witherspoon St. Cafe
Fiona Chinkan is a New York City based artist who grew up in Princeton, NJ. Fiona is happy to bring a collection of her colorful, abstract paintings and drawings spanning the last 5 years to Small World. She 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. Her work is completely freehanded meaning she does not pencil it in ahead of time. She feels decisions are best made through the act of creating and exploration as opposed to pre-planning. Both her mark making and color palette is chosen as she creates each layer. This way of improvised working sparks a dialogue between the artist and the work. She listens to her instinct, energy and emotion. She only reacts to what she sees, knowing that anything can be adjusted and reacted to. To the artist, it’s improvisation and trust that are the basis of how she creates. She is fascinated in how something may make you feel. For instance, she is deeply moved by images of outer space from the Hubble space telescope, but does not try to recreate those photographs in her work. What does not exist in those photos, is how they may make us feel. 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, she chooses to express how she feels, as opposed to illustrating what she sees.
Fiona graduated cum laude in 2007 from the University of Hartford Art School with a BFA concentration in Visual Communication Design and minors in Photography + 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.