Esther Chang – Ukiyo No.9


Ukiyo is a series of works that merges my fascination in classical antiquity with an expressive approach to physical application and experimentation of materials. My search for harmony and an ordered image is led by a process of chance and the intuitive act of destroying and preserving. The work I foresee often transforms itself by the activation of unfamiliar materials. Termed ‘Floating World’, Ukiyo is a space tethering on the unknown, brimming with possibilities. It is a world that allows me to tune in and trust the process. 

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2019, 23 x 30.5 cm

Material: Oil, encaustic on canvas



Esther Chang is a fine artist originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (’17) in Baltimore, Maryland. Her drawings and oil paintings often depict the spatial-psychological deconstruction and fragmentation of the figure and the grotesque. With a strong focus on craftsmanship, her works take inspiration from Old Masters, yet they challenge the traditional aesthetics of portraiture. Her interest lies in the idea of the uncanny and the dissonance created when the familiar is fractured and distorted. They explore subtle shifts in value and color, the play between the diaphanous and architectonic, and the linear and ethereal qualities in form. Her evocative works create a crackled tension of unknown space and internal dialect on the canvas, blurring the distinction between fiction and quotation.