Su Jung Chang
My work often evolves from a single word, image, or scene that I catch from everyday life. During this developing process, my approach is ‘what if?’ which entails playfulness and a great amount of abstraction. Thus, my work often resides in absurdity. So the absurdity in my work is not a stylistic decision, and I understand it as a natural outcome of the extreme pursuit of a certain logic– a logic that fulfills this conditional situation. My main focus throughout my work is how to deploy/apply/use a thing’s logical structure in my work as mechanism. I am interested in the representation of the objects: what the object is made, how we interact with the object, how the object is divided and the parts, which make an object complete.
My recent videos are indebted to the language of children’s educational video because I am interested in anthropomorphized objects, the educational fundamentals (e.g. A, B, C..., 1, 2, 3...) and the morals. However, my video is not a re-make, or a critical version of the children’s video, rather it is re-locating the components that are normally used in children’s video and infusing them with a sense of humor and absurdity within a new context.
Partly because of my background in sculpture, many of my videos have been made on a stage, accompanied with props, and thus from a frontal view. Despite those theatrical elements, my work cannot be re/enacted on the stage as in the form of performance. It is important to be edited and presented in video’s two dimensional space, which does not allow for any other angles aside from the ones presented.
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