A fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian, Garrett Andrew Chong graduated with honours from ECUAD (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) in the mid-80’s. The emotional intelligence of visual imaging developed into forms of expression in his early practice, particularly through photography. His recent explorations have evolved through spiritual influences, underscoring an attunement to natural forces.
My early black and white film-based infrared photographs and mixed media artworks captured the energies and unseen light within environments, structures and the human body. In recent years, my work involves mastering the ambient illumination of HDR technology, creating meditative soundscapes and illustrating the atmospheric beauty of our vast world.
Liminal Illusions endeavours to illuminate BC’s forest stewardship through the flow of nature.
The works witness environmental portals gradually emerging in Gaia. These iridescent thresholds may appear as vibrational apparitions or metaphorical illusions, signposts to the imminent climate crisis. Undertaking these complex issues of environmental stewardship and global conservation, the artist’s lens-based imagery experiments with representing physical, emotional and symbolic openings present within liminal spaces in our natural world.
Working with the multiple interpretations of “light”, my pieces also explore the imagined “light” of auras, the “light” of the sun as a life source and the “light” which radiates in environmental consciousness.
I live and work in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, a.k.a. Vancouver.