In her large-scale video installations, new media artist Daphne Jiyeon Jang uses 3D animation, video projection and spatial mapping, to bring new meaning to classical sculptures. Using self-generated 3D models Jang hopes to ‘unfreeze’ the fixed identity and meaning of historical works, by reanimating these classical artefacts in the present. Constructing a virtual space within which classical sculptures are able to move and gesture, Jang’s ‘moving sculptures’, are designed to unravel the frozen time of antiquity and hint at hidden narrative meanings in the past, that still reverberates in the present.
Jang’s hope is that the works will possess an emotional power that will engage the viewer, inviting them to reconsider the nature of the past and the relevance and importance of classical, mythic stories and tales in contemporary culture.
KARMA was produced during the 2020 period of quarantine, when many countries around the world went into lockdown to tackle the spread of Covid-19. It’s a personal response to crisis, uncertainty, and altered states of being.