The work in Utopia is inspired from imagery found on popular Japanese magazine websites. The images are alluring, depicting young women in suggestive poses, inviting a viewer to gaze and admire, to long for contact...and perhaps, stay on the page.
Jang’s photographs depict silhouettes of these girls preserving only their suggestive postures, shape and luxurious hair. Gradients of candy colors surround and bathe the figures, while the figures themselves drop their distinguishing features and take on a sublime pastel hue.
What Jang uncovers is a flat, one-dimensional fantasy represented only by her thin paper silhouettes and the promise of intimacy never kept. These anonymous figures question the stereotypes associated with their original premise. By using bright colors and digital collage, Jang blends themes of feminine identity and fashion. She describes her work as “playful, light-hearted and dreamy.”
Her sculptures take this one step further by combining select features in rounded shapes piled atop one another. They become primitive representations of the figure, appearing flat and three-dimensional at the same moment.