Janet Tran is an emerging Toronto based artist, creating relational works that examine social issues within multiculturalism, racism, feminism, mental health, and cultural identity in the Canadian context. Her practice involves working primarily in media installation and performance. It tends to utilize found objects, domestic electronics, and personal artifacts. Her works innately call the audience into participation or interaction, encouraging the implementation of the audience’s positionality towards the subject matter.
Drawing from personal narrative as a catalyst, Tran seeks the unsung questions of ethnicity, cultural identity, familial, personal, and private relationships to create a dialogue of shared experience in her art practice. Currently exploring the transformation of space with furniture, found objects, automation, light and sound, Tran is expanding on methods of storytelling by appealing to senses beyond optical and aural.
Identifying as a “first-generation” (first-born) Canadian woman of Chinese and Vietnamese descent, Tran was born and raised in the York region of the Greater Toronto Area. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ontario’s College of Art and Design University, where she majored in Integrated Media. Upon completing her thesis, “Living in the Third Space”, Tran was awarded the Project 31 Integrated Media Award along with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2017.