Artist Statement

My work exist as metaphors of what I observed or learned. They are the result of or casualties from my experiments on materials and concepts, manifested as open ended questions.

Reflecting upon social phenomena, cultural idiosyncrasies, living conditions and biological behaviors, I translate my interpretations, theories or analysis into sensory languages of sculpture, film, installation, drawing, writing, events or collaborative projects. The cross-disciplinary nature of my work supports the concept with multiple layers of renditions, forges communications across fields and encourages public dialogues.

In the process of this regenerative practice, I propose questions which might challenge or expand the preconceived notion, I may research in science, literature and philosophy, or experiment on materials and creative methods, or explore new ways of thinking. Core concepts are extracted from this process and re-built in the format of visual arts, film or experimental actions. My focus is on the experiences delivered during the progress instead of the product itself.

I am interested in the structure of life, dichotomy in human nature and collective cognition; overall, I investigate how lives could be lived. In my earlier work, artificial food ingredients in a series of sculpture were proposed as metaphors, implying deep rooted injustice and classism in food politics. I also probed into Tibetan philosophies and wildlife misplacement in site specific installations and performances.  My current projects include a participatory project studying the emotional effects on holding hands, and a trilogy of experimental animated films which interpret mysterious animal behaviors and expand the observation efforts by collaborating with a poet and a choreographer.

As an artist and a thinker, I am inspired to de-structure given information in order to ask questions which might prompt us to see life from an alternative point of view. I transform that which is subtle or invisible into sensual experiences. Each medium I choose to present the concept with bears its own  process, boundary and identity which may alter the way a language is spoken or understood. The innovative combination of materials and creative forms exemplifies the experiment-oriented process of my work. The goal is to explore how content evolves with form and individual distinct mind, and to broaden the experiences and definitions of fine art and its authors.



YaYa Chou is an award-winning filmmaker turned sculptor and installation artist who explores innovative uses of materials and investigate how the presentation of concepts evolves among various media. Her work ranges from sculpture made of gummi bears, licorice lace, burnt toast, and found objects to installations and collaborations with choreographers, musicians, poets and other artists. Her work reflects the cultural, biological diversity and the raw nature of life and humanity. She is inspired by the living conditions, social phenomena and behaviors of organisms. Supported by science, eastern philosophy and literature, she investigates how lives are lived.

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Chou earned her MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts and continues to live and work in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in the US and abroad, including Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates, den contemporary art, Los Angeles; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art; Palm Springs Art Museum; MOCA, Los Angeles and George Billis Gallery, Culver City. Her animated films have been screened in numerous international film festivals and earned four awards. Chou is the recipient of 2012 Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program, Montalvo Arts Center, CA, two ARC Grants from the Durfee Foundation, as well as a Downtown Los Angeles Artists’ Grant. Her work is featured in art magazines and news media around the world, including Sculpture magazine, Chicago Tribune, Fiberarts, Artillery, and ArtScene.


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