Christine Chin lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is the mother of two beautiful children with her husband, David DeMello. She is an Associate 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.
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.