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Diane Zhou, born 1992, also has a chinese name, which she realized she was writing wrong for three years after she saw a photo of a panda, who has the same name, celebrating her birthday, and then she spiraled into an identity crisis. Now the panda is dead. Also, there is a Chinese robot goddess with the same name.

Diane outlived the panda, but will not outlive the robot goddess.

Diane lives and works in New York and Beijing. Through a variety of media, she explores softness (as a physical and mental experience), the impossibility of defining Chinese-ness (both across diasporic Chinese populations and within mainland China), how visual tropes/conventions (especially ways of representing power and violence) become distorted through repetition and begin to take on unintended meanings, and the way certain cultural artifacts such as bubble tea seem to densely embody many political, psychological, and sensory frictions. She also likes to stand still in spots that are mysteriously compelling and then try to paint that feeling of formless attraction.

Her work draws connections between seemingly disparate phenomena in order to find new methods of understanding our increasingly globalized, chaotic, anxious surroundings. By highlighting the surreality of everyday objects and sensations, she hopes to tease out the hidden political/social forces and structures of feeling that pervade our surroundings.