Trained as an ocean engineer and an artist, Jane Chang Mi considers land politics and postcolonial ecologies. Exploring the traditions and narratives associated with environment through her interdisciplinary and research-based work, she aims to express our contemporary relationship to nature and each other. Utilizing art, she augments her science and engineering background to work through these multi-layered and complex subjects; less constrained by linguistic signifiers, enabling communication across cultures and barriers.
The ocean has always played a large role in her life; she has been an avid Scuba diver for over 20 years. First certified by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) in 1995; recently attaining an American Academy Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific and Master diver certification.
Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Adjunct Positions in Los Angeles, and Art House SomoS in Berlin. She has been a visiting artist at the National Gallery in Amman, Jordan sponsored by Art Dubai, a scientist on the Arctic Circle Program, a recipient of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts grant and a fellow at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
She is currently based out of Los Angeles and Honolulu, where she teaches at both Chaminade and Hawaii Pacific University.