That Sophie Chang’s abstract works draw viewers into the “universe of the mind” is one important aspect of her work, but it is also worthwhile to note the abstract vocabulary behind the “Chang’s Methodology.”
Sophie Chang is a well-known philanthropist in Asia, and more recently gained recognition as a bold contemporary artist. As the wife of Morris Chang, founder and former director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), she has been involved in various charitable activities as well as actively involved in TSMC Charity Foundation since 2009 eventually becoming its current chairwomen in 2017. Her focus includes attention to the rights and interests of disadvantaged groups, women, and children, and she devotes great effort to issues such as promoting education, environmental protection, arts and culture, and corporate social responsibility.
The world of painting is an important one for Chang, as she can project her soul and her perceptions of life. When she began painting in 2006, she was first attracted by the Impressionists and their explorations of light and shadow through color. After learning the basic technics, she immediately showed an excellent grasp of color and modeling of form, and an ability to project feeling into her canvases; her work matured rapidly despite the lack of an academic background. She broke through the insistence on depicting "images," developing a style based on pure line and color, and took her first steps toward abstraction as she projected her inner concern and feeling toward her subjects.
Chang found inspiration through her many years of experience with religion and meditation, as well as her ongoing work in philanthropy, which encourages love among all. She became even better at conveying her changing inner moods, and each layer of pigment that builds up on her canvases expresses a broad inner vision. A sense of beauty is an integral part of each and every work. Toward the end of 2016, she inadvertently developed "the Chang technique" that became part of her artistic vocabulary. Cracked or furrowed textures appear as different layers of paint dry at different rates; with these, she produces marble-like textures or patterns of veins like those in flowers or fallen leaves. With her control of these different painting techniques, she gradually refined the "images of the cosmic mind" she saw in her inner vision — "mental images" reflecting her understanding of the current moment in her inner self, the human world, and the universe.
Late in 2018, Chang began to delve into ink-wash painting and calligraphy. Combining the spreading and penetrating qualities of ink with an Eastern, Zen outlook and Western abstract techniques, she presents a fusion of East and West that further develops the inner visions and the imagery unique to her art.