Words and photography by Georgia Blackie.
Rainbow Chan has been producing a variety of creative work for years; musician, artist, craftsperson, and more, her work is layered and multi-dimensional, exploring concepts of cultural memory and nostalgia. We chat to Sydney-based Rainbow about her favourite ways to unwind and escape, amidst her very busy days...
You're truly multi-talented: a musician producing dual projects (Rainbow Chan and Chunyin), a visual artist, an academic, and an adept craftsperson. How do you manage the 'Slashie' life?
I've always been drawn to different projects but i feel that the interests and area of enquiry within each field are closely related. Usually, they strengthen one another. For example, my pop music is strongly linked to nostalgia, and my art practice also explores longing and cultural memory. Maybe 'slash' is less an accurate description than hyphen?
How do you like to escape?
I love swimming at McIver's Women's Baths in Coogee. Whenever my head gets clustered, which is quite often, I find that reading a book on the rocks or listening to my movements and breathing underwater really calms me.
Do you have any morning or evening rituals?
I've been loving drinking coffee out these ceramic cups that I started to make recently. It's a great feeling holding something that has been formed by my bare hands. Music-making is such an inward process so it's nice exercising another part of my brain where matter i morphed into tangible objects. But to be honest, my actual morning ritual is sleeping in!
Can you recommend something that you think is generally underrated?
Century egg with pork and congee! The deep, complex flavour of the fermented egg is sometimes a bit too much for those who are not familiar with it. But I reckon it's the best winter meal, topped with Chinese savoury donuts and soy sauce.