100 Gods

Ink, gesso, and paper fibers on canvas
96 x 72 in | 243.84 x 182.88 cm
2023

Chang isolated one hundred individual expressions of the word God that were written by numerous visitors to her installations. Part of her Unison series, the work is a meditation on the fundamental human desire for meaning, as well as Chang’s agnosticism and evolving relationship with spirituality. She hand-cut and burnished each response, excavating sediments of paper and ink to evoke varying degrees of transparency. The work is informed by traditional Chinese reproductions of venerated texts, from ink rubbings of philosophical inscriptions to calligraphic tracings of scholars’ poems.