Artists of Hawai‘i 2017: Kaili Chun

Kaili Chun (O‘ahu, b. 1962)

Bio: Honored with multiple awards for her innovative work, multimedia artist Kaili Chun has received national recognition from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University and a master’s of fine arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She currently serves as a lecturer at Kapi‘olani Community College, and is earning a PhD in Architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Statement: Using unconventional materials I create large-scale installations that often reference the impact the past continues to have on the present day. Themes of self-containment and self-empowerment are juxtaposed against notions of systemic power to untangle the individual from perceived limitations. Installations provide a format for me to examine social concerns in participatory settings. The environments are set up to facilitate interaction between people and installation elements in deliberate ways, but allow for unexpected and uncontrollable developments in the piece as people interact with it. 

Return to Artists of Hawai‘i 2017