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.
When I came across Holly’s photos online I appreciated how thoughtful she was, so of course I invited her on my podcast!
Holly makes use of a variety of photographic genres to quietly unpack the layered emotional nuances that are present with the anxieties that surround a mixed-race identity.
Preferring the aesthetic of film photography, Chang explores how photography can mediate reality and allow experiences to be digested.
We talked about all sorts of things – our mutual love of walking, the Icelandic tale she chose, artist residencies, the pleasures of hiking up mountains, receiving stories orally from people and women and power.
We also talked about changing gears creatively and getting into tangible hands-on practices – sneaking around on photography with pottery and weaving and how awesome darkrooms are.
Body-wise we talked about having lots of energy (Holly, not me!) and how exercise helps with a struggle to focus. The delights of Yoga with Adriene, cutting out coffee for anxiety and mental health, having a fluid creative practice, the importance of figuring out how to have a healthy relationship with creativity (instead of always producing.)
Holly also discussed how important it is to separate marketing out from creation, and the importance of physical self-care, because so many ideas happen when we’re relaxed and least expect it.
It was so lovely to connect so deeply with Holly, and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy listening in.
Enjoy our ramble through Thordis the Prophetess as well as Holly’s relationship with her body and creativity.