JULIE CHANG

My work is rooted in an investigation around cultural identity, highlighted by the ways in which patterns serve as powerful and ubiquitous markers of class - as symbols of arriving and belonging. I am engaged in a practice of appropriation, reassertion, and subversion of meaning, one that allows me to navigate through the complex space of social and cultural values, longings, anxieties and fears. I mine my own experience as source material, and integrate imagery from multiple and divergent sources, such as ethnic images from gift cards, t-shirts, wrapping paper, and instructional gimcrack. Intertwining traditional Chinese textile design, European wallpaper patterns, and contemporary graphic design, I juxtapose elements of identity with visual icons drawn from my experience growing up in Orange County in order to participate in a dialogue around the larger issues of race, gender, class and the commodification of culture.

Chinese. Japanese. Indian Chief., 2012


I Know Karate (detail), 2012


Dirty Knees (detail), 2012


Wednesday's Child, 2012


Chinese. Japanese. Indian Chief., 2012


Tee Pee for Me, Extra Cutie, Don't Tell Mommy, Pom Pom Beauty, Eleven, Twelve, Dig and Delve II, 2012


Thank You Link Double Suzani, 2011


Graphite and Gold Pistol Trellis, 2011


Shuttle Rig Double Suzani Ikat, 2011


Shuttle Bling Argyle Ikat, 2011


Silk Road STYLE, Orange County Chic!, 2011


Silk Road STYLE, Orange County Chic!, 2011


Silk Road STYLE, Orange County Chic!, 2011


Pocket Full of Sunshine, 2009


Catching Sight, 2008


Ox Forgotten, 2008


Taming, 2008


Ox-Herding, 2008


Ox-Herding, 2008


A Feeling of Distinction, 2007


Pattern vs Decoration, 2007


Design for the Well-Lived Life (detail of 4), 2007