CHANG CHIA-YING 張 嘉 穎
CHANG Chia-Ying was born in 1982 in Taipei and acquired a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts. Her work has a distinctive and unique approach, mastering the use of the fairy tale as the basis for her work, constructing a cartoon-manga, surrealist narrative style. In contrast to the flat surfaces of a cartoon or manga, CHANG’s precise composition and sensitive use of color reveals profound skill in classical oil painting, displaying her delicate brushwork and captivating story telling. All of the figures that appear in her work possess the defining characteristic of a pair of huge eyes, and as the viewer meets their gaze, a circuit is formed creating the beginnings of a fairy tale. The viewer’s line of sight wanders to each character, although seemingly independent from each other, the viewer can start to imagine their own connections, creating a multitude of different stories. This process achieves the artist’s intended ambiguity in her work, where the ‘signified’ expands the interpretative possibilities.