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Like a discarded shattered screen being carted off to a Chinese recycling center, my paintings reflect and fragment their surroundings. Although I shrivel away from socializing at parties and shun chatty strangers, I hoard objects and images that contain traces of the search for human connection, and my paintings combine these artifacts with ghost ladies and squirmy creatures to create jagged, chimeric accumulations. Strangers’ thirst for comfort and understanding is fossilized in plastic and pixels, manifesting as discarded toys, business cards that advertise prostitution, and amateurish Taobao* photography. This collaging of romantic junk—a heart-shaped watermelon on a frothy pink wrapper, a serene woman embracing a large plush carrot—helps me navigate my blurry cultural heritage, and formulates connections across disparate experiences in the landscape of alienating digital communication.

*Chinese online shopping giant

Fun Facts

Diane Zhou (b 1992) also has a Chinese name. She thought she knew how to write it, but then at age 23 she saw a famous panda with the same name pronunciation having a 37th birthday party, and realized it was written differently than she'd thought, causing her to spiral into an identity crisis.
This name is also shared with a robot goddess.

She thus adopted this Chinese name for 12 months, using it for all the work-related and social connections she made in Beijing. Then she asked her parents how it was written and she realized that she had been writing it wrong again.

It is actually written in a way that means "water reeds". Also, the panda is dead.

Diane is also a member of Sponge Gourd Collective.


  • Class of 2014, magna cum laude, B.A. in Visual Arts with Honors, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Providence, RI


  • Maribo, Gallery 221, List Art Center, Providence, RI, February 14-20, 2014
  • Teenage Internet Euphoria, First Floor Gallery, List Art Center, Providence, RI, October 4-10, 2013

  • In the Spirit, 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, January 2019
  • Red Envelope Show 2019, Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY, January 5-27, 2019
  • Endless Editions Biennial: Optimism, EFA Project Space, New York, NY, December 7-21, 2018
  • Gowanus Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY, October 20-21, 2018
  • Summer Heat, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY, August 11-17, 2018
  • Slippery People/滑人, Homepage IRL Gallery, Austin, Texas, May 30, 2018
  • 706 Exhibition for Independent Publications, Beijing, China, April 21-22, 2018
  • Vitamin C, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, November 29-December 6, 2017
  • BAU HAUS Semi-Annual V: Environmental Projection Agency, BAU HAUS, Brooklyn, NY, April 22, 2017
  • Stockholm Showww, Inferno Online, Stockholm, Sweden, October 9, 2015
  • PAINTING, Low Museum of Contemporary Culture, Atlanta, GA, Feb 9, 2015
  • Heroes and Villains, Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, November 25- December 1, 2014
  • CRUSH ON, Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, October 7-12, 2014
  • Modern Culture and Media Senior Exhibition, Perry and Marty Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, May 16-25, 2014
  • Graduating Seniors, List Art Center, Providence, RI, May 9- 25, 2014
  • Ghost Clinic, Studio 1, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, May 13, 2014
  • Pop-up Show, Gerson Zevi at 15 Fones Alley, Providence, RI, April 24, 2014
  • Spinning Beach Ball of Death, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, April 7-10, 2014
  • Girl Swarm, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, March 7- 19, 2014

    As Me

  • Welcome to My Homepage Residency, May 2018
  • As Part of Sponge Gourd Collective

  • China Residencies Slow Train Residency, August 2018
  • Beijing22 Grant Recipient, 2018


  • Ellipsis. Paradise Systems. November 2018.
  • Feast of Peaches. Txtbooks. March 2018.
  • Melt. Txtbooks. September 2017.

    Zines by Sponge Gourd Collective

  • People’s Square Issue 3: Gulou Hutongs. April 2018.
  • People’s Square Issue 2: Guijie. March 2017.
  • People’s Square Issue 1: Changdiancun. Nov 2016.