Born in Taipei, Taiwan,1984. Chang currently lives and works in Taipei. He graduated from Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of Fine Arts in 2008. He was awarded for the Honorable Mentions of Kaohsiung Award 2018. And his works were collected by the Art Bank, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
Chang's practice is mainly inspired from life experiences. Through constantly exploring natural and unknown sites, he accumulates and absorbs his perceptions, and then transforms into the works of art. In addition, he rearranges daily objects with his unique sense of aesthetics. Regarding as a "Flâneur," in recent years he has systematically collected found objects during his journey of wandering, such as ferns, seeds, stones, and treasure items. With his eyes of observing detailed things, as well as the passion and research for plants, and the obsession of collecting, Chang has started to develop a series of paintings focusing on plants as the subject. Through the accurate and freestyle brushes, he expects to resonate with viewers, and expresses his identification for the land where he grew up, and also the relationship between nature and humanities history.
The Shelter Island is a series of works depicting the group portraits of plants. It explores the relationship of myself and the plants, as well as the solicitude for the nature and humanity of the land of Taiwan.
As the Tropic of Cancer passes through Taiwan, it is regarded as the verge line for creatures during the period of Ice Age. It also limits and threatens the survival of livings if the latitude goes further north. However, after the Ice Age, the sea level had been risen. Due to the high mountains in the subtropics, Taiwan became an isolated island where the western Pacific Ocean after being separated from the Eurasian continent. In this regard, animals and plants from tropical to frigid regions were trapped in Taiwan, but somehow survived, and then multiply which creates the diversity of biology. Similarly, my balcony where I have been collected the plants these years can be seen as a shelter. No matter where they are from, I believe the survival of plants comes by destiny. In other word, it can be said that the balcony on my third-floor apartment is also considered as a "sheltered island" in the city. "
These climate and geographical conditions are closely related to the development of history and humanity in Taiwan. Geographically Taiwan is located at the frontier of East Asia, whereas it also can be regarded as the Western side of the Pacific Ocean. As a matter of fact, the definition of the east or west depends on how we position where we are. Taking plants as an example, Taiwan is the northern boundary for many tropical plants, and meanwhile the southern boundary of temperate ones. Furthermore, in terms of culture, Taiwan is the border of Japanese, Chinese, American, and Southeast Asian cultures that can be seen as the intersection where the various cultures meet.
Through the form of portrait paintings, the plants are presented as protagonists instead the supporting roles that we used to. My passion and enthusiasm for plants are expressed with the freehand brushes. The all-white background seems to be the blank space in Chinese traditional ink painting of flowers and birds which leaves out all of the clues without any context of places. It focuses on the gesture, aesthetics and layers of paints, as well as the strength and speed of the painting spontaneously. Furthermore, the blank background can be seen as the lighting in white which reflects the layers and tones of green leaves. The image reveals my daily observation toward the plants-subtle with rich variations.