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Melody Chang portfolio:

Artist Statement We didn't have painting clubs in school, so I had taken this opportunity to
explore outside of my community, such as visiting various different art
galleries, or looking into the interrelationship between business and art by
visiting professional art studios of several artists. I have joined other art-
At a young age, I had been inspired by numerous artists all over the world due related activities such as screen printing, as well as the props team for our
to the way strong emotions and messages were portrayed without the use of school play, where I could furthermore expand my skills in crafts. On the
conventional language, it allowed me to take on a new perspective when other hand, CCAs such as the Global Leadership Organisation has allowed
viewing the world. I was encouraged to explore various media in different art me to acquire the knowledge of leadership and skills required for a team to
studios when I was four, as well as receiving lessons from an art tutor later on. I become efficient and successful. I have learnt how to initiate and organise
had been extremely intrigued by the concept of surrealism when viewing events with the other team members and come to understand the importance
Salvador Dali's "The persistence of memory", and the way artists had the ability of community and teamwork amongst this generation. I believe that
to bring fragments of their dreams into reality. community and relations with others cannot be glossed over when it comes to
art. As I take the community as a form of creative inspiration, participating in
various activities which motivate me to come out of my comfort zone
Expanding my skills and techniques has allowed me to express my creativity in
certainly expands my perspective and ideas. Furthermore, my ability to adapt
different ways, and it has been my wish to pursue a career related to art, and
into different social environments can certainly help me in developing my
thus I started taking it even more seriously by the time I reached middle school.
artistic skills too.
I attended art lessons in a more skills-based environment and had professional
guidance that taught me the basic fundamental skills of sketching and
colouring. Over the years, many of my favourite artists, such as Gergard
Richter, Francis Bacon, Yoshimoto Nara, have influenced me and my work- the
diversity in the styles of their artworks had allowed me to have a wider range of
perspectives when it comes to the appreciation of different styles.

Furthermore, I've had many experiences using other forms of medias, such as
photography, where I had collaborated with the "Kimmidoll" brand by
providing artistic portraits of their products to use in their exhibition. I have
always had a good understanding of what worked well regarding composition,
positioning, and I possess good knowledge in the concept of colour, and am
very experimental, as I believe that constantly changing my approaches by
adapting and practicing with styles of different artists can help me mature as an
artist.
The Whereabouts of Demian

I have always been fascinated by artworks that involves the combination of literature and contemporary art. To have a single,
vast, figure that takes up the entirety of the space of the canvas, and to bring words to live regardless of their context and
significance had been a part of my goal in this project. The title itself is a reference to the novel, “Demian” by Hermann
Hesse, as I wanted to show both the cruelty and the beauty I have experienced in my life. The theme I had chosen to focus on
is Religion, as I had been surrounded with it ever since I was young. I had not grown up in a religious household, but had
attended a Christian school during my youth. In this project, I experimented with Graffiti styled artworks (inspired by Jean-
Michel Basquiat), Neo-expressionism, surrealism and so on, as I believe that they are one of the most expressive techniques in
Visual Arts.
Title: (T)He (END) Is Coming

Medium: Acrylic and markers on cardboard



Genre: Contemporary / Neo-expressionism
inspired


Concept: Heavily influenced by the theme of
Religion, the elements included in this piece of
work emphasises on the themes of reliance and
belief, which can lead to the destructions of
oneself.
Title: Boys = Girls

Medium: Acrylic on photograph



Genre: Contemporary


Concept: A combination of digital work with
acrylic paint by using photography, photoshop and
the overpaint technique on the printed piece.
Title: Boys = Girls (2)

Medium: Acrylic on photograph



Genre: Contemporary


Concept: Symbolic drawings such as the peace sign
and the gender symbols are drawn everywhere across
the work to signify the theme of gender oppression.

Title:

Medium: Collage

Genre: Contemporary 


Concept: By using various photos from a magazine, I created a
collage in which depicts a scenery of the beach, with references to
the genesis of the world in an abstract view. I have always been fond
of using metaphors and symbolisms when it comes to story telling.
Sketching practices:

This page consists of a few practice sketching I


have done in regards to facial structure, body, and
colour.
The Metamorphosis

This project touches more upon Realism with the combination of Surrealism, and the themes present are alienation of a
modern individual, as well as ‘Metamorphosis’ itself. As all my works are interlinked with one another, I wanted to place
them in an order where it resembles a story of transformation. The colour palette changes throughout the series, as opposed
to the more stabilised, dark theme of “Whereabouts of Demian”, and will become more vibrant, signifying a change in the
subjects involved, as they slowly transition from a state of catharsis to rebirth.

The idea behind this series stemmed from my own ideologies, as I wanted to try to approach my own artworks in a more
philosophical viewpoint. I believe that as time marches forward, people will start to lose a sense of reality and no longer
have a need for one another, I wanted to deliver the idea that partings are always inevitable, and that “change” is necessary
when we are moving forwards. I depicted several similar poses, in which tender and fragile emotions are presented through
body language of these subjects, representing a sense of loss and insecurity.
Title: Catharsis

Medium: Digital art



Genre: Abstract Realism/Figurative


Concept: In the era of modernity, this piece of work
strips the subject of all colours and features to portray the
alienation that an individual is prone to go through in
their life.
Title:

Medium: Acrylic on canvas



Genre: Realism


Concept: Inspired by Jenny Saville’s painting technique, I
decided to experiment with rougher brushstrokes to create a
higher contrast between shadow and light, and presenting
them in the form of distinguishable shapes.
Title: Hammer Head

Medium: Acrylic on canvas 



Genre: Surrealism


Concept: Applying thin coatings to create a more detailed
subject, and to place more emphasis onto the details of the
hammer itself. It represents the theme of industrialization
and loss of identity.
Title: Untitled

Medium: Sculpture with metal wires



Genre: Contemporary 


Concept: A sculpture made of metal wires, has two layers in total, and represents a planet or building.
Fragmentation

This project explores the technique of scrape painting, I investigated the concept of vast subjects spread within a confined
space by allowing them to interact with their surroundings. The idea was to bring in fragmentations of my dreams into reality,
thus most of the artworks in this project are abstract. As all of my projects are interlinked with one another, I have continued
the concept of metamorphosis in some of the following artworks by presenting myself in the form of simple line art and
shapes. Fragmentation suggests a certain shard or piece belonging to a wholesome object, and I wanted to portray the child-
like part of me, and to see to what extent I can simplify myself to, hence the reason why I have chosen shapes as my main
focus in this project.

I wanted to combine the urban aspects of modern artworks with traditional techniques- representing the blurred line between
fantasy and the real world. The theme of nostalgia is presented throughout different pieces of my work, as the soft, pastel
themed colour palette contrasting with the vibrant and thick outlines of my subjects will remind one of a child’s painting. I
have used identical colour schemes throughout these few pieces of works, allowing them to become a series.
Title: Home

Medium: Acrylic and on canvas



Genre: Abstract


Concept: Scape painting technique is used to
create a pastel themed abstract painting of a
typical scenery in Taiwan.
Title: Sunset

Medium: Acrylic and on canvas



Genre: Abstract



Title: Time Is An Illusion

Medium: Acrylic and crayon on canvas



Genre: Abstract


Concept: Theme is “belonging”, and alienation. Pastel coloured
background contrasts with the text and subject of the painting.
Title: Sad, sad.

Medium: Acrylic, oil, and crayon on canvas



Genre: Abstract 


Concept: Presenting myself as being simplified to different shapes to
experiment how abstract can be approached.
Title: A beautiful boy with his kidneys dug out

Medium: Acrylic and oil on canvas



Genre: Contemporary / Abstract


Concept: Creating an illustration like painting with thick, textured
outlines that will make the subjects stand out.
Title: Good Vibrations

Medium: Acrylic on canvas



Genre: Abstract


Concept: A larger piece of work, using thin, scrape painting
technique. The theme of the painting is “Alienation” and
“Nostalgia” combined together.
Fragmentation part II

Part two of the Fragmentation project focuses more on the combination of the urban aspects of reality. In this era of
modernity, individuals often distress over their own identity and alienation from within their own community, thus most of
the pieces included here are distorted or has elements of figurative art, blended into the vast background. They are mostly
done with digital paint, to which I will use tools such as pencil and pens to create a contrast between the well defined paint
and the rough, sharp outlines of the subjects. The second part of this project is to explore different emotions through a variety
of colour palettes, hence the reason for the subjects interacting with their backgrounds to represent the urge and desire to fit
into our own society.
Title:

Medium: Digital art



Genre: Contemporary / Neo-expressionism inspired


Concept: The combination of the traditional and urban aspects of
art, by using pencil and digital paint to express the alienation of
an adolescence in todays modernised society.
Title: Good or don’t be!

Medium: Digital art



Genre:Expressionism abstract


Concept: expressing solitude through the fetal position. The palette includes lighter, pastel
colours to juxtapose with the theme. On the left side, rougher brushstrokes are used while a
more smoothed and even texture is used for the initial planning below.
Title: An eye for an eye

Medium: Digital art



Genre: Contemporary / Neo-expressionism inspired


Concept: The colour palette being used here are red, green, and blue. This had also been inspired by Jenny Saville’s painting
technique, and I wanted to depict a more realistic portrayal of a face, which would then slowly blend into the background and
become diminished in the end.