Helen’s practice in art often aims to elicit emotional responses in the viewers. She invites them to incorporate their individual perceptions and understanding to engage in a conversation with her work. Therefore, she often utilizes a degree of uncertainty for open interpretations. Her works also consist of experimental methodologies that make the processes equally significant to the end product for both herself and the audience. She inserts herself into the process to fully experience the concepts she aims to portray to the others. Helen’s artworks and art-making processes are explorations to dive deeper into the philosophical fragments of our daily lives. Time, social norms, reality and existence are concepts she contemplates often. She hopes that her works can reflect upon the viewers’ lives as much as the works further her knowledge and personal growth.
Average embodies an excess of attention to one’s judgments of future and the overwhelming experience of endings with just the projection of future. It is like a mock autobiography of a life that hasn’t happened yet, resulting from fear of mediocrity and the anxiety of time passing by. Living is filled with chaos and uncertainty masked in daily regularities and simplicity. The relativity of our standards, thoughts, and actions can be vastly divergent, yet we compress the differences into a forceful social contract. Ultimately, it is our interpretation of what average is to us that would eventually make a difference in our lives. This work contains personal fears pertaining only to myself, but it also aims to illuminate others’ own interpretations of their current and future existence.
Helen Chang is an artist from Taipei, Taiwan, studying at the University of Washington, Seattle, with a double degree of Art in the Photo/Media program and Psychology. Her interest in art started early in life with painting and drawing which then developed into both physical and digital mixed media as she constantly seeks new approaches. Helen’s influences stem from the multiple cultures she was exposed to studying in an international school in Shanghai, China, and pursuing further education in the US, while maintaining connections to her hometown. With her association with different cultures and the habits of constant traveling, the concepts she explores and the processes she utilizes are often interdisciplinary. In addition, she incorporates knowledge and methodologies from studying Psychology to fuel her themes, research, and experiments with new artworks. She enjoys finding art throughout multiple disciplines.