Kacy Jung is a Taiwanese visual artist working with photography, photo-sculpture, and site-specific installation based in San Francisco. Before she began her journey in art at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), she was halfway through a Ph.D. program in biomedical science when she decided to walk out of the laboratory to pursue her lifetime dream. Much of Kacy's work concerns the way identity is constructed and reassembled during the process of socialization. Starting from her own experience, she is exploring the delusional process where the capitalist system affects personal decision making and the influences on class identity formation. She also challenges the downside of specialization and alienation that is happening in our capitalist society.
Kacy's works have been shown/awarded internationally. She is the acceptant of the 2016-2018 Harlan Jackson Diversity Scholarship, the 2018 SFAI nominees of the annual International Sculpture Center Student Award, the SFAI nominees of Graduate Fellowship at Headlands Center, 2019 recipient of Presidential 2019 Summer Workshop Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and 2020 ChaNorth International Artist Residency Program. Her works have been shown at The Untitled Space Gallery in New York, Hastings College in Nebraska, Berkeley Art Museum in California, and multiple galleries in the USA and Taiwan. She is currently participating in a year-long Studio Artist Program at Root Division Gallery 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.