Artist Statement

Since 2009, I have been working as a creative facilitation specialist and teaching artist serving primarily immigrant and refugee youth and queer people of color. My work serving marginalized communities has deeply informed my art practice. I use the Yi Jing, an ancient Chinese divination tool, as a co-creator in my art process as well as an instrument for collective empowerment. The Yi Jing continues to serve as inspiration for installations, animations, performance and mask-making, where I explore the intersections of nature, the human spirit and mysticism. Through these mediums, I attempt to facilitate the passageway through inner and outer worlds to birth new narratives of being. With the creation of ritual experiences grounded in my cultural tradition, I weave together a tapestry of storytelling, mysticism and transformative communion.

Artist Bio

MissTANGQ is a Chinese-American multi-media artist and first-generation mystic-nerd. She is deeply inspired by the hyphenated experience and explores this through animation, mask-making, performance and installation art to create cross-sensory and interdisciplinary work. From the many junctions of her identity, she explores the fertile unions where collaboration between seemingly disparate elements can facilitate transformative, emergent experiences. She is interested in adapting ancient mythologies for contemporary storytelling and investigating how ancestral traditions can inform diasporic futurisms. Uniting hand-made and digital mediums, she creates synesthetic environments for studio art installations, utilizing masks and sculpture, video projection, and live performance.

CV

SELECTED EXHIBITS // PERFORMANCES

The Laundry SF  |  San Francisco, CA 2016

Bindlestiff Theater  |  San Francisco, CA 2016

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History |  Seattle, WA 2016

Hing Hay Park  |  Seattle, WA 2016

Duwamish Waterway Park  |  Seattle, WA 2016

Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park   |  Seattle, WA 2016

Harrington Gallery  |  Pleasanton, CA 2016

Root Division  |  San Francisco, CA 2016

Culture Str/ke  |  San Francisco, CA 2016

Geddis Gallery Moksha  |  Seattle, WA 2016

MVMNT Studio  |  Berkeley, CA 2016

Awaken Cafe  |  Oakland, CA 2015

Town Hall Seattle |  Seattle, WA 2015

Vermillion Art Gallery  |  Seattle, WA 2015

Retreat Residence  |  Volcano National Park, HI 2015

Here/Now Gallery  |  New York City, NY 2014

Hiawatha ArtSpace  |  Seattle, WA 2014

Washington Hall  |  Seattle, WA 2014

Velocity Dance Theater  |  Seattle, WA 2014

Zenyu Healing Center  |  Seattle, WA 2014

Haaayfest Queer Arts Festival  |  Orcas Island, WA 2014

 

GRANTS // RESIDENCIES

Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects Award | Seattle, WA 2016

4Culture Art Projects Award | Seattle, WA 2016

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Residency | Santa Cruz, CA 2016

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Put the Arts In Parks Grant | Seattle, WA 2016

Studio Current Residency | Seattle, WA 2014

EDUCATION University of Washington | 2007-2009 BA Comparative History of Ideas with Film and Postcolonial Studies Concentration Bryn Mawr College | 2004-2006 East Asian Studies with Performance Art Minor Shoreline College | 2002-2004 Studio Art and Art History Focus

Categories

  • Film/Video
  • Mixed Media
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • East Asian
  • Conceptual
  • Digital
  • Experimental
  • Installation
  • Performance Art
  • Sculpture
  • Social Practice