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, research in science, literature and philosophy, experiment on materials and creative methods, also 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 alternative point of view. I transform that which is subtle or invisible into sensual experiences. Each medium I chose in presenting the concepts has its own process, boundary and identity which alter the way a language is spoken. 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 distinct mind, and to broaden the experiences and definitions of fine art and its authors.
YaYa Chou was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and currently lives in Los Angeles. She received an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of The Art, Valencia (2000) and a BA in mass communications from FuJen University, Taipei, Taiwan (1997).
Chou’s work was the subject of solo exhibitions at d.e.n. contemporary art, West Hollywood, CA and Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, NY, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, VA and numerous Californian venues. Publications that have featured her work include Sculpture magazine, Fiberarts, Chicago Tribune and Artillery. She is the recipient of the 2011 Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency, Montalvo Arts Center, CA, and twice she was awarded the Durfee Foundation Grant (2010 and 2007). Chou has received several honors and awards for her animated films.