Diane Zhou/周葭葭 is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She uses paintings, sculptures, and screens to flesh out the emergent world of kimokawaii (gross-cute) diasporic horror. She hoards cartoon patterned fabrics and plastic toys born in Chinese factories, and combines them with painted imagery and hand sculpted objects such as teeth, eyes, and tongues, creating a collision of expectations between the human that seeks comfort from these objects, and the tenacity of the objects themselves. Her work has been shown at Gowanus ArtWalk, Transmitter Gallery, Ortega y Gasset, and Gowanus Open Studios.



Find her design/illustration work here.

Crawling bug script on homepage is from here.

Creatures whose Chinese names sound the same as mine:

Jia Jia the panda’s 37th birthday. She is next to a large cake and seems to be smiling. Jia Jia the interactive robot being wheeled in by a procession of human men.