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Artist Statement

Stella Chang was born in San Jose, California and grew up between the U.S., Taiwan, and Canada. In 2003, she attended New York University and studied studio art under video art pioneer Peter Campus, and American painter Keith Mayerson.

In 2006 she received her BFA and quickly learned that having artistic vision and training don’t easily pay the rent. It was a shock to her system, indeed, so she put art on hold to design fashion handbags and accessories for brands such as BCBG Max Azria, Kate Spade, Rag & Bone, and Coach, among many others. In 2012 Stella received a letter of recognition from the queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour

In May 2015 Stella returned to the arts and founded her own creative studio ModaRévisé to dedicate herself fully as a conceptual artist whose weapon of choice is using a mixed media of 3D printing and glass/metal dibond prints to create unusual sensory experience for viewers. Instead of focusing on the “representational figurative” or “realism,” Stella fully embraces the idea of creating the “unseen” so that each piece becomes a visual exploration for viewers to experience a phenomena, be it social, racial, spiritual, historical, or simply a different type of beautiful. 

This may be the result of her upbringing spanning three countries and cultures. Each time when she landed in a different country, her sense of self, social mores, and even aesthetic preference had to change to assimilate with the dominant culture. By the time she was 12, she was forced to grasp that whatever is “beautiful” is not set in stone, it is fluid and transient depending on who’s viewing it. For instance, she is never quite Taiwanese, American, or Canadian, depending on who’s viewing her. 

Growing up like this, it’s not hard to see why Stella’s fascinated more by the perspective with which people employ to view things and form their opinions, rather than being fascinated by the opinion itself. Therefore, Stella’s art is a visual experiment that explores how people engage and discover the process that forms their own perspective.