Mass: Obstructions

Ink on canvas
10 x 8 in | 25.4 x 20.32 cm
2020

Assembled from visitors’ responses to Chang’s installation work, 50 reflections form a communal portrait of inner obstructions in the early 21st century. Ranging from self-destructive habits to reckonings with change, each sentiment follows the next in a narrative mass of voices: I’m alone in my own head — My negative thought spirals — The overwhelming fear of settling — My inclination toward oblivion — Coming to terms with who I am and what is happening to me — I need to learn to reach outside myself — The courage to accept the unknown — Learning to trust my quiet voice.

Chang hand-cut and burnished each response, excavating sediments of paper until only black ink remained infused in the canvas. The results echo traditional Chinese reproductions of venerated texts through ink rubbings, the first “copy machine” of text. Here, ink is used to create a collective portrait of emotional barriers and breakthroughs that consume our minds today.

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