1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
University Center Art Space
Beauty, Obsession and Female
September 27, 2013 – October 30, 2013
My paintings are influenced by both Asian and Western culture. They focus on the struggle between sexism and
freedom. I always wanted freedom from sexism in an Asian culture, and I still desire a total freedom from the
places I belong. I grew up in South Korea until I turned 14 and I moved to America with my family. I experienced
cultural diffusion, but slowly started to become Korean-American. When I was younger, I adapted to Asian culture,
but when I was a teenager, my environment changed to a Western culture. One day, I thought of myself as no longer
Korean or American. I felt I was losing my identity. Based on my experiences of culture change, I started to throw
my psychological and emotional thoughts about losing my identity into the canvases.
My recent paintings are a series of women’s portraits on fabric. I started to paint on decorative fabrics instead
of the canvases because I found a traditional feminine beauty from the fabrics. Also, I used a sewing technique
for my most recent painting to offer an idea about a woman’s traditional job. I utilized the decorative and
colorful print of fabric as a metaphor to represent standard beauty created in modern society. Being a woman in
this society means imprisoning ourselves to fit in the superficial beauty. Women started to lose their identity,
and they became the same. My paintings comment on society’s obsession about female bodies and their looks. I
believe every single female has her own beauty, in a unique way, and the real beauty comes from inside the heart.
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Katie Jang is a senior at Salisbury University. She expects to graduate this semester with a B.F.A. in painting and drawing. She was born in Busan, South Korea, and grew up there until she turned 14 years old. Then she moved to the United States with her family. When she came to the United States, she could not speak English well, and it was hard for her to adapt to the new environment as a 14-year-old. Because of the language barrier, she had difficulty taking most classes in middle school except art class. Even though her English was limited, her paintings were recognized by her teacher and classmates. She felt confident about what she was creating, and that made it possible for her to further her art education at SU.