Holly Chang is a Toronto based artist and curator. In her artistic practice, she works within the mediums of photography, natural dyeing, and instillation.
She has recently completed her master’s degree in Communication and Culture from TMU/York university. In her undergraduate program in Creative Industries at TMU, she had the opportunity to focus and complete a minor/module in Curatorial practices.
Industry Expertise (3)
Arts and Crafts
Ceramics and Glass
Areas of Expertise (2)
Middlebrook Prize, Art Gallery of Guelph (professional)
Toronto Metropolitan University / York University: M.A., Communication and Culture 2021
Toronto Metropolitan University: B.A., Creative Industries 2018
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières: École de Français 2018
KEA-Københavns Erhvervsakademi: Digital Concept Development 2017
Media Appearances (4)
My Night in 9: Artist Holly Chang Takes PEC
The Drake online
When friend of The Drake and artist/photographer Holly Chang goes, she goes. With a recent Master’s degree under her belt, an upcoming residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, a solo show at Gallery44, a window installation project with Queen Specific and Untitled Triptych, her new installation at The Drake Hotel completed. Holly joined us for a stay at Drake Devonshire to take in all that the season has to offer and captured it all in 9 photos.
Public Art & Public Health Coming to a Construction Site Near You
STEPS Public Art online
Toronto Makes Good PATCH Hoarding Exhibit featuring artists Leilah Dhoré and Holly Chang (exhibit photographed by Sharon Mendonca). (CNW Group/STEPS Public Art)
82: Thordis the Prophetess + Holly Chang
Personal Mythmaking Podcast online
It’s episode 82 and I’m chatting with Holly Chang, a lens-based artist in Toronto who is currently completing her MA in Communication and Culture at Ryerson/York University.
8 artist residencies to make you seriously regret your summer plans
In April, just as the days were stretching to their absolute longest, Toronto artist Holly M. Chang arrived for a month-long stay. "I really wanted to focus on doing photography," she says. "I thought it would be an interesting challenge to be so isolated."
Introduction to Artist Admin with Holly Chang
Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture Online
Curatorial Projects and Exhibitions (4)
Carrying / Holding / Transporting
September 15th 2022 - October 2nd 2022 //At a distance - from within// draws from the allegory of the seed as an entity that creates a sense of rhizomatic placemaking. This relational form of placemaking refers then to the flourishing of communities, practices, and exchanges that come from diverse and multiple diasporas. The exhibition explores the concept of diaspora through the use of texts by diasporic writers, such as Sundus Abdul Hadi, Stuart Hall, and Édouard Glissant, among others.
How to Build a Memory Palace
March 11th 2022 - April 9th 2022 How to Build a Memory Palace explores personal memories and archives through quilting and textiles. The inspiration for this project comes from a recent discovery of diaries belonging to the artist's great grandmother, chronicling over 50 years of her daily life. Most chronicle her grandmother's everyday life via the weather or daily tasks, stimulating Chang's interest in how we can explore the idea of family and collective memory through written ephemera. The material hints at a nostalgic idea of family and what it can be, but with a shroud of uncertainty regarding what it is.
June 2021 - July 2021 My pixel quilt series was inspired by my personal experiences during the pandemic. My primary artistic practice is focused in photography which is heavily intertwined with working on the computer. Throughout the pandemic, I grew increasingly sick working on the computer and looking at my phone, and this pushed me to turn towards the tactility of textiles and natural dyeing. My experiments with natural dyeing emerged first as I was interested in understanding the processes of dye creation and my obsession unraveled from there. I wanted to make every single colour and variation possible. I experimented with kitchen scraps such as avocado pits, purple cabbage and onion skins, then turning to more pigmented dyes such as indigo and cochineal. The dyes I use have deeply interesting origins and come from plants, roots and bugs.
May 9th 2020 - Sept 7th 2020 The four bodies of work presented in [De]/[Re]constructing place encourage viewers to reflect on the inextricable connection between place, memory, and identity. The exhibition also considers how spaces accumulate meaning over time and how ritualistic behaviour, social encounters, and familial memory contribute to the understanding of self.