Canadian painter, Chin Yuen, returned to Takt with an Alumni grant to explore her “Impressions” of Berlin. Focusing on the intimacy of her studio/home and the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg, Chin uses the tactility and visual elements in her paintings to express her impressions.
She creates physical imprints of personal domestic objects such as keys or bowls on canvases with built up surfaces. She then adds images of landmarks from the neighbourhood that interest her. The textural Impressions interrupt the images, creating abstraction and broken depictions of her environment—analogous to the difficulty of capturing a precise impression of Berlin when it is ever changing. The imperfect textural surfaces also reflect the grit and age of the neighbourhood. Chin is grateful to Takt for the opportunity to have Berlin inspire and enrich her paintings once again.