Kuo-Chen (Kacy) Jung is a Taiwanese photographer, mixed media sculpture, and ceramic artist based in San Francisco. Before she began her journey in art at San Francisco Art Institute, she was a cancer biologist and received her MS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Much of Kuo-Chen’s work concerns the way identity is constructed and reassembled during the process of socialization.
Using her own experience as a starting point, she deals with the interconnectednesses, negotiation and power dynamics between the individual and this capitalist society. The subject also intertwines with the struggle of cultural assimilation as an Asian immigrant. She was the acceptant of Harlan Jackson Diversity Scholarship and the SFAI nominees of Graduate Fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts and the Annual ISC Student Award in Contemporary Sculpture. Her works have been shown internationally including New York, North Carolina, California, and Taiwan.
Through photography, mixed media sculptures, and site-specific installations, Kacy investigates the way identity is constructed and reassembled during the process of socialization. She believes that no one is immune to the influences of their surrounding environments, from close social groups such as relatives, friends to intangible superstructures such as culture and ideologies. By using her experience as a starting point, she analyzes the negotiation, interconnectednesses, interconnectedness, and the power dynamics that exist between the individual and society.