zzzhou.diane at gmail.com
Diane Zhou (b 1992) also has a Chinese name. She thought it meant excellent, but it actually means water reeds. She shares her Chinese name pronunciation with a dead panda and a robot woman.
Diane lives and works in New York. Through painting, embroidery, comics, drawings, gifs, and web browser-based collages, she makes visible the cultural and psychological implications of her relationship to cuteness, consumption, and feelings of geographical rootedness, as informed by her existence within the loosely defined "Asian diaspora". She focuses on objects and landscapes drawn from personal experiences, history, and pop culture. The coexistence of these real and fictional subjects in her work is an analog to the unbounded gooey feelings of desire, connection, and alienation that underpin categories of racial/ethnic identity, and the way those feelings tend to leak out of neat categorizations. She hopes to create new ways for culturally un-tethered diasporic individuals to find common ground that goes beyond geographical/biological roots, and to bring more complexity into our conceptions of identity.