Kacy Jung is a Taiwanese visual artist working with photography, ceramics and mixed media sculpture based in San Francisco. Before she began her journey in art at San Francisco Art Institute, she received her MS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and have been working in research institutes in cancer biology for many years.
Much of Kacy’s work concerns the way identity is constructed and reassembled during the process of socialization. Using her own experience as a starting point, she deals with the interconnectednesses and negotiation between the individual and society. The subject also intertwines with the frustration of being part of the disappearing middle class in our capitalist society.
She is the acceptant of 2016-2018 Harlan Jackson Diversity Scholarship and the 2018 SFAI nominees of Graduate Fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts and the annual International Sculpture Center Student Award in contemporary sculpture. Her works have been shown internationally including New York, North Carolina, California, and Taiwan. Currently, live and work in San Francisco, CA, USA.
Through photography and mixed-media sculpture, I investigate the way identity is constructed and reassembled during the process of socialization. One of my focuses is the relationship between an individual and the current capitalist society we are living in. More specifically, I am interested in exploring the delusional process where capitalism system implants the ideology into an individual and shape our community as a whole.
The pliability, transparency, and biotic texture of fabrics are used in my photography works to metaphorically represent the intricate influence from the society on an individual’s life. I also use crystalline materials such as ceramic clay and plastics in my sculpture works to create my melted and distorted surreal world. By exploring the combination of those crystalline materials, I find the novel visual language to express the conflict, interconnectednesses, and negotiation between the individual and this capitalist society.