“By revealing our unique interiorities, I believe that through my practice I’m beginning a conversation that encourages the actualization of minorities. In my work, I embrace vulnerability and communicate the experience of self to address the fragmenting nature of race, gender, and cultural norms. I’m interested in the lack of education provided in the US regarding the history of Asian American immigration and it’s significance to society today. I source images from historical and personal archives to bring important yet overlooked pieces of Asian American history into the modern world. I, a Korean-American woman, represent an under recognized margin of people--and a misunderstood strata of women. As such, I use my existence to comment on certain realities: that the Asian figure (specifically, the female Asian figure) is not regarded as other forms are; that Asian figures are distinct from Western neoclassical ones. I have been approaching art not only as a woman but as an Asian woman. I’ve never found place of familiarity in art history or in any 19th century area of any institution but now I feel I’ve found a way to co-opt classical language to subvert it in a way that gives me a feeling of agency. My commentary comes in multimedia form, be it through printmaking, painting, research, and is dually inspired by submissiveness ingrained through cultural upbringing. Regardless of the medium, I allow my meticulous, measured approach to suggest how we might address racial differences and cultural clashes."
Insil Jang is a New York based artist. She received her BFA with an emphasis in Painting and Printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.