14 x 17 inch Fabric images on cotton
Each work is from the series How to Build a Memory Palace as part of Chang's member-in-residence program at Gallery 44.
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.
Sourced from the Toronto Public Library’s photo collection, the images draw from a collective memory which Chang is interested in repurposing and collating. The medium of the quilt is a familiar and often a familial object, encouraging the audience to think about how familial memory can be retrieved. Chang combines the practice of quilting with publicly sourced images to question how the construction of memory is neither truth nor fiction.
Holly Chang is an artist based in Toronto, who has recently completed her MA in Communication and Culture at TMU/York University. Chang—as a second-generation Chinese Canadian—maintains cultural ties with her cross-cultural identity and draws on her hybrid background for inspiration. Chang makes use of a variety of artistic mediums including textiles, photography, ceramics and natural dyeing. She has recently exhibited her work in her first solo show with Gallery 44 in April 2022 and participated in the Banff Artist in Residence program in Spring 2022.