Christine Chin


Christine Chin lives in Ithaca, NY where she is the mother of two beautiful children with her husband, David DeMello. She is a professor of Photography and New Media in the Department of Art and Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.


Chin counts herself as fortunate to have had wonderful influences on her artistic path. She was introduced to photography by Emmet Gowin at Princeton University, where received her BA in 1997, and she studied with Patrick Nagatani and Jim Stone at the University of New Mexico, where she received her MFA in 2008.


While her art is always evolving, she most frequently builds ephemeral sculptural objects in the studio that she incorporates into her photographic storytelling. Her art often makes humorous and ironic commentary on contemporary issues of technology and the environment. Recent projects have addressed genetically modified food, alternative energy, artificial intelligence and biotechnology in medicine and have been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Canon Communication Space, Beijing, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.


In 2006-2007 she was granted a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue her project Alternative Alternative Energy in China. She was based in Dalian in Liaoning Province, but she traveled extensively during her 10-month stay, including a trip to Inner Mongolia.


Chin’s father was born in Jamaica, and his father was born in China. Chin’s mother is from Queens, NY and is of Irish and Czech descent. She is most often mistaken as Indian or Native American, but when with her son who has blue eyes and blonde hair, people generally cease to speculate.



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