Christine Wong Yap makes installations, sculptures, drawings, and participatory projects to spark and sustain attention to emotional experiences.
Born in California, Yap holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Manila, Manchester U.K., and Poland. Recent exhibitions include
Make Things (Happen) (Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA) and Happiness Is... (Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA). Reviews of her work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Art Practical.
She has participated in residencies at Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester, U.K.), Tides Institute and Museum of Art (Eastport, ME), Woodstock Byrdcliffe (Woodstock, NY), Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA), and Harvester Arts (Wichita, KS), as well as the
Affiliate Artist program at the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA).
Her work has been supported by the Queens Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the
Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts.
A longtime resident of Oakland, CA, she relocated to New York, NY in 2010. She is currently a member of Ortega y Gasset Projects artists collective.
Born in California
Lives and works in New York, NY
MFA. California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, CA.
BFA with High Distinction. CCA, San Francisco, CA.
Solo Shows and Projects
, Portland ‘Pataphysical Society & PDX Contemporary, Portland, OR. [May/Jun.] The Eve Of...
All the Steps in the Process: a research project on collaboration, Harvester Arts, Wichita, KS 2014
, Pop-up Gallery/Falchi Building, Long Island City, NY. The Eve Of... 2012
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors), Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK. 2010
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors), Sight School, Oakland, CA. 2008
Dark Into Light, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Selected Group Exhibitions
, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY [July–September] Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial
Rummage, Presented by Whitney Lynn, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY [Jun.]
Material Practices in the Everyday, Artery Art Space, Quezon City, Phillipines
(a project I initiated and organized with 45 artists’ contributions), Make Things (Happen) Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Most Likely To Succeed, Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2014
, Nathan Cummings Foundation & NYU Tisch Galleries, New York, NY. Curated by Deb Willis and Hank Willis Thomas Social In Practice: The Art of Collaboration
Earthtwerks & Other Celestial Familiars, SideCar, Hammond, IN. 2013
, Montalvo Arts Center Project Space Gallery, Saratoga, CA. Curated by Donna Conwell. Happiness Is...
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY. Summertime...
, Montalvo Arts Center Park Grounds, Saratoga, CA. Come Healing
Obsolete Californias, Shipping & Receiving at Storefront Lab, San Francisco, CA. 2012
Nomad, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA.
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY and San Francisco, CA. Voices of Home
, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. In Other Words 2011
/ Enter a Small Room Arranged for this Purpose: Part Three , Peering Sideways Untitled Gallery / Project Space Leeds, Leeds, UK.
, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA. Negative Space
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York and San Francisco. Summer Selections
, Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK. Curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson. Re-Covering
, As Is Exhibitions, Oakland, CA. Curated by Brandon Holmes. The Beautiful Kiosk
The Black Portrait, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Hank Willis Thomas & Natasha L. Logan.
, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Courtney Johnson.
Procedural, MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, CA. Curated by Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour.
Portraiture: Inside Out, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. 2010
, a project by Stephanie Syjuco. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Shadowshop
, We have as much time as it takes Wattis
Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA. Curated by CCA's Graduate
Program in Curatorial Practice. [ catalog]
Unrealised Potential, Cornerhouse,
Manchester, UK. Curated by Mike
Chavez-Dawson with Sam Ely & Lynn Harris ( Unrealised Projects).
Lending Library, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery,
San Francisco, CA. Curated by Dena Beard.
Living. 4707 Telegraph, Oakland, CA. Curated by Brandon Drew Holmes.
So Many Products, So Little Time, Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Curated by Andy Vogt & Sarah Smith.
Hello! My Name is..., Invisible
Venue, College Art Association
Conference, Chicago, IL. Presented by Christian L. Frock.
Chain Reaction 11, San
Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Nominated by Glen Helfand. 2009
, Palimpsests Tarryn
Teresa Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Elizabeth Williams.
Exercises in Seeing, Queen's Nails Projects, San Francisco,
CA. Curated by the Post Brothers.
Exposure, San Francisco, CA. [ catalog]
Involved, Socially, Triple
San Francisco, CA. Curated by Michelle Blade. [ publication]
The Kiss of a Lifetime, Vane, Newcastle, UK and Bearspace, London, U.K. Curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson.
Tech Tools of the Trade: Contemporary New Media Art, De
Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA. 2008
Sorry!, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Activist Imagination, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA. [catalog]
Shifted Focus, Kearny
Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA.
, Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition YBCA, San Francisco, CA. 2007
Moving Cultures, Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA.
, Galleon Trade Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines. Curated by Jenifer K. Wofford.
, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Centennial Graduate Exhibition
Beats per Minute: Contemporary Artists Influenced by Craft and Folk Art Practices, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Julio Cesar Morales.
, Supermarket 2007 Koh-i-noor booth, Copenhagen.
Oliver Art Center, Tecoah Bruce Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried by Julie Joyce and Jo Lauria. Alumni at the Centennial, 2006
Immediate Futures, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Print Exchange, Osaka University of Arts, Japan & Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA. Catalog.
, Home Kearny Street Workshop / Space 180, San Francisco, CA.
, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Han Pham and Fling Derek Chung. 2005
CirCA Now. Oakland Museum
Restaurant Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried exhibition; jurors included Phil Linhares and Karen Tsujimoto.
Justice Matters, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA.
, Oakland, CA. Bayennale 2004
Paper Bullets. Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
APAture. Kearny Street Workshop / SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Kaleidoscope. Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Coasticated. Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2003
To Conjure a Language. ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Visible Resistance. Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA.
and Silence. Kearny
Street Workshop / SomArts
Gallery, San Francisco, CA. [catalog] 2002
Magician's Day Off. Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA.
Roots. Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA.
War! What is it Good For? Asian Resource Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2001
A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
Limited Edition. Kearny Street Workshop / Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Oakland, CA. 2000
17 Women. Juice Design, San Francisco, CA.
Asian Resource Gallery, Oakland, CA. 1999
Y2K. Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA.
Limner Gallery, New York, NY. University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Juried Annual. Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA.
Beyond Borders. V.U. Gallery, Bellingham, WA.
Public Projects & Commissions
The Pictures Full of Happiness (mobile billboard exhibition), Galeria Rusz, Kujawsko-Pomorskie region, Poland. 2013
, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA. Irrational Exuberance Flag Raising Ceremony 2012
, Toruń, Poland. Art Moves Festival of Billboard Art
#21. Art subscription service. Oakland, CA. The Present Group 2011
. DXDX Studio. Plymouth, UK. Window Work 2010
, Here & Now Invisible
Venue / Mills
Art Museum, Oakland, CA. Curated by Christian L. Frock. [ catalog] 2007
FRED festival, Cumbria, UK. Public Collections
Alameda County Art Collection, CA.
Grants, Residencies, Awards & Honors
Harvester Arts. Wichita, KS. Resident.
c3:initiative. Portland, OR. [May/Jun.] Studio artist.
Process Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Governor’s Island, NY. [Aug.–Dec.] 2014
Grantee. Queens Arts Fund,
Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY. Participant.
Artists in the Marketplace program, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. 2013
Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport, ME. 2012
Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program, Saratoga, CA. 2011
Resident. Byrdcliffe Art Colony,
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY. Recipient.
Travel and Study Grant. Jerome
SECA Award. Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Nominee.
2x2 Solos Commissioning Program. Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA. 2009
Breathe Residency recipient. Chinese
Arts Centre, Manchester, UK. Nominee. Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco.
Honorable Mention. Art vs. Design. Artists Wanted. Judges included
Mark Mothersbaugh, Jarrett Gregory. 2008
Investing in Artists grant recipient. Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco. 2007
Affiliate Artist. Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA.
Bob Hsiang, lead artist Donna Keiko Ozawa, and Kearny Street Workshop). Fund
for New Work Grant Creative
Work Fund. San Francisco.
Bob Hsiang, lead artist Donna Keiko Ozawa and Kearny Street Workshop). Fund
for Artists Matching Commissions Grant San
Francisco Foundation. 2006
, Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts San Francisco Foundation. Juried by Anuradha Vikram, Julio Morales and Jerome Reyes. 2005
Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship, CCA, San Francisco. 2003
Local Hero. KQED Youth Media Corps. San Francisco. 2002
Sister of Fire Award. Women of Color Resource
Center. Oakland, CA. 2000
Local Hero. Best of the Bay Awards, San
Francisco . Bay Guardian 1999
Grant. Active Element Foundation. New York.
Best of Show. V.U. Gallery, Bellingham, WA.
All College Honors. CCA, Oakland, CA.
Juror. Residency programs.
Signal Fire. Portland, OR. Juror. StudioWorks Residency.
Tides Institute and Museum of Art. Portland, OR. 2014
Ortega y Gasset artists’ collective. Brooklyn, NY. [Oct. 2014– ]
Selection Panel Member.
, Toruń, Poland. Art Moves Festival of Billboard Art 2013
Selection Panel Member.
Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA. 2011
Selection Panel Member.
I'll Look Forward to It, a project by Oliver Braid for New Work Scotland Programme 2011, Collective, Edinburgh. Contributor.
, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art blog. Open Space 2010–
Hank Willis Thomas Studio. New York, NY. Art Technician. Art in General, New York, NY.
Art Practical. 2010
Art in Odd Places, The Laundromat Project, Flux Factory art auction, New York, NY. Juror.
MFA & Affliate Artist Awards, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. 2009-2010
Art Technician. Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA and Gagosian Beverly Hills.
Preparator and Graphic Designer. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
. An exhibition and exchange between 32
artists and artists' groups spanning the U.S., U.K., Vienna, Prague,
Hong Kong and Manila. Exhibited within This & That
International Mail Art Swap Involved,
Socially at Triple Base Gallery. 2007
Artist's Assistant. Mario Ybarra, Jr. Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA.
Art donor. Selected non-profits include
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Asian Women's Shelter, Chinese Arts Centre, Destiny Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, Kearny Street Workshop, Richmond Art Center, Southern Exposure, and Women of Color Resource Center.
“Make Things (Happen).” East Bay Express. February 25. Tudor, Silke.
“DIY Gallery.” SF Weekly. January 28. —.
Congratulations Pine Tree podcast. Episode 25. February 9. Guest. 2014
“Six Dazzling Messages for a Woman Who Wants More—from Herself.” Oprah.com. June 12. Images. Brook, Pete.
“Exhibition Review: ‘Social Practice: The Art of Collaboration.’” PrisonPhotography.net. June 19. Frock, Christian L.
“Like, Comment, Share: Inside Facebook’s Artist-in-Residence Program.” KQED Arts. August 21. Frock, Christian L.
“W. A. G. E. Against the Machine: Art and the Business of Gettin’ Paid.” KQED Arts. October 22. 2013
“Happiness Is.” Joe's Daughter. May 7. Interview. Helfand, Glen.
“From Saratoga: Happiness Is...” Art Practical. Issue 4.10, February 27. Review. Hunn, Sarrita.
“What Post-Artists Make Happen,” Temporary Art Review. May 14. Essay, information graphic. Sarwari, Khalida,
“ Silicon Valley Happiness Is—well, it's coming to Montalvo,” Mercury News, January 21, 2013. —.
The Aphorists podcast. Episode 7. January 29. Guest. 2012
“Pop-up Art: Christine Wong Yap at Chinese Arts Centre.” Creative Tourist. November 21. Interview, photo. Clark, Robert.
“The Exhibitionist.” The Guardian. October 25. Preview, photo. Giedrys, Grzegorz.
“Billboardy reklamują sztukę wysoką.” Gazeta Toruń. September 1. Preview, photo. Orłowski, Mariusz and Błażej Antonowicz.
“Wielkoformatowi artyści.” Toruń TV. September 18. Interview. —.
“Białoruskie i irańskie billboardy w Toruniu.” Polskie Radio. September 13. —.
Teraz Toruń. September 13. Preview, photo. mp3. 2011
Le Duc, Aimee.
“As Museum Websites Evolve, Will They Draw More Visitors or Replace the Real Thing?” Bay Citizen. April 4. Reyes, Eric Estuar.
“Fictions of Return in Filipino America.” Social Text Vol. 29, No. 2 107. (Summer): 99–117. Sussman, Matt.
“Just Say No.” San Francisco Bay Guardian. Volume 45, Issue 44. August 2. Review. —.
“ Redefinemag.com. June 1. Positive Signs by Christine Wong Yap!” 2010
“Art installations ready for viewing at three
historic sites in Oakland.” Oakland Tribune, May 30. Barich, Steven.
May 12. Interview. Art of Conversation:
Christine Wong Yap.” Braman, Samantha.
“Alumna Christine Wong Yap’s Work is Fueled by Positive Psychology.” California College of the Arts website, News section. October 4. Brier, Jessica.
Reaction 11.” Art Practical. Issue 11, March
25. Brier, Jessica.
Have as Much Time as it Takes.” Art Practical.
Issue 16, June 3. Review and photo. Brown, Brandon.
“ Lending Library.” Open
Space blog, SFMOMA.org. June
17. Mallouk, Elyse.
“ Lending Library.” Art Practical. June
“ San Francisco Involved
Socially: Artists meld
life and art.” Chronicle. F-11. August
20. Review and photo. Ollman, Leah.
“ Los Angeles ‘Palimpsests’:
by Christine Wong Yap, Annie Vought, Cara Barer on exhibit at Tarryn
Teresa Gallery.” Times, October 9.
Review and photo. Sheridan, Sarah Robayo. “Book Reviews.”
A Journal of Photographic Arts, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring/Summer
2009. 43-44. Review of Activist Imagination catalog, photo of curatorial
project. Swanhuyser, Hiya. “ Involved,
Inspiration Name of Game.” SFWeekly.com, August
Profile segment. , Channel M, Manchester, U.K. Aired on October 20. Zeitgeist —,
Interview with Visual Artist Christine Wong Yap. Sprayblog.net,
May 20, 2009. 2008
San Francisco Galleon
Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition.” Chronicle, September 18. Light, Claire.
Review: Christine Wong Yap: KQED.org
website, Arts & Culture section, Visual Arts section. March 9. Activist Imagination.” Nataraj, Nirmala.
“ SFStation.com. April 18. Sorry,
at Frey Norris Gallery.” Ritchie, Andy.
Hop Around Town with Andy Richie— Dark into Light.” Artslant San
Francisco, February 24. —, “Local Artist.” Profile. San Francisco
Guardian. April 16–22, 2008. p. 22. [ PDF,
96 kb] 2007
Dumancas, Pedro. “
Galleon Trade, Fil-Am Exodus Back to the
Motherland,” Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 5. [ PDF,
420 kb] Harmanci, Reyhan.
“ San Francisco Galleon
Trade: Ship Launch!” Chronicle. June 28. Killian, Kevin. “Studio Visit.”
Mirage #4/Period(ical) zine,
Issue #138, February. [ PDF,
48 kb] Meeker, Cheryl. “
2007 Graduate Exhibition.” Stretcher.org. May 11.
New, Jennifer. “Not
by the Book: Reinventing Your Journal.” Photo and brief profile.
DivineCaroline.com. January 8. —, “Artepreneur.”
Angel Journal. March 1.
—, “Creative Work Fund.” Photo. Artweek. September. —, “FRED—An Art Invasion.”
Arts Update 59. Sept./Oct./Nov.
420 kb] 2006
Nguyen Qui Duc. “Asian Americans' Notions of Home.”
Pacific Time, KQED, July 13. [ Audio file at KQED.org] Petty, Matt. Post and lead photo.
Drawing Rally.” SF Gate Culture Blog. Feburary 27. 2005
Olson, Marisa S. Photo with review of exhibition at Intersection for the Arts.
ArtWeek, December 2004 / January 2005. 2003
Hill, Lori. “First Friday Focus.” Philadelphia
City Paper, March 12. Koppman, Debra. “Review:
To Conjure a Language.” Artweek, March. Lin, Serena. “Artists Speak Out Against the War.”
Party Magazine. Issue #13. Ng, Darlene. Local hero public service announcement. KQED.
Sabir, Wanda. “Wanda’s Picks.” San Francisco
Bay View, March 26. Yuen, Jennifer May. “Bay Area Artists Speak out for Peace in New Exhibit.”
AsianWeek, February 28. 2001
Inglis, Titiana Leung. “Young Artists show at the Asia Pacific.” Oakland
Tribune, March 31. —, BLU Magazine. Profile with several photos. The Radical Pacific Issue.
Zoll, Daniel. “Local Hero: Christine Wong.” San Francisco
Bay Guardian, July 26. 1999
Lewis, Andrea. Interview on Oakland Technical High School mural. The Morning Show, KPFA 94.1.
Soong, C.S. Interveiw on two-person exhibition.
Flashpoints, KPFA 94.1.
“From New York: Love Me.” Art Practical. Issue 3.19. July 19. Review of group exhibition at Benrimon Contemporary.
“From the Bronx: This Side of Paradise.” Art Practical. Issue 3.14. May 2. Review of No Longer Empty's exhibition.
“From New York: Infinite Line.” Art Practical. Issue 3.8. February 2. Review of Sarah Sze's exhibition at Asia Society. 2011
.” Residency Projects II Art Practical. Issue 3.2. October 6. Review, Kala Art Institute. Reprinted on KQED Arts. “
.” Under Destruction I & II Art Practical. Issue 2.19. June 16. Review of exhibition at Swiss Institute. Re-printed on , June 30. Daily Serving
“Art Competitions: A Selective Comparison of Applicant Pools, Awards, and Odds.” Temporary Art Review. June 15. Information graphic and essay. Reprinted in Rejected, a collection of rejected letters by artist Tattfoo Tan.
“Portrait of an Artist, Wily and Engaged.” Art Practical. Issue 2.16. May 5. Feature with interviews of three artists and a collaborative.
“From New York: Curtain Call.” Art Practical. Issue 2.13. March 10. Review of Robert de Saint Phalle’s exhibition at Dodge Gallery, NYC.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
Art Practical. Issue 2.10.
Jan 28. Feature with interviews of five local and international artists. Reprinted on KQED Arts. 2010
“From New York: Recipes For An Encounter.” Art Practical. Issue 2.2. Sept. 30. Review of group show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects, Long Island City, NY.
“From New York: A Bell For Every Minute.” Art Practical. Issue 2.1. Sept. 16. Review of public project by Stephen Vitiello, NYC, NY.
“From New York: Usable Pasts.” Art Practical. Issue 2.1. Sept. 16. Review of group show at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
“Best Of: Christine Wong Yap.” Art Practical. Issue 1.21. Aug. 10. Top ten list.
“ They Knew What They Wanted.” Art Practical. Issue 1.19. June 3. Review of group show at John Berggruen Gallery and Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
“ Inventory.” Art Practical. Issue 11. Mar. 25. Review of show by Miriam Böhm at Ratio 3.
“ Jars Filmed Inside.” Art Practical. Issue 16. Jun. 3. Review of show by Elaine Buckholtz at Triple Base Gallery. “
Summer. Jun. 4. Review of show by Carina Baumann and Cliff Hengst at
[2nd floor projects]. Talking Cure Quarterly 2009
Wong Yap, Christine.
“ Primero La Caja.” Art Practical. Dec. 17. Review of show by Pablo Guardiola at Galería de la Raza.
Leong, Michael, ed. “
Lines of Sight: Visual Art in Asian American Poetry.” The Margins. Asian American Writers Workshop. March 3. Art contribution. 2014
. Ortega y Gasset Projects, Ridgewood, NY. January. Drawing. Gazette 2013
. Manchester, UK: Apple Pie Editions. Art contribution. The Dark Would —
“Profile: Walden-Inspired Accounting.” Art Practical. Issue 4.11. March 12. 2011
Guardiola, Pablo and Large, J. Brent, eds.
SetToSignal.com. Essay: “Notes on Object-Viewer Relations.” 2010
Cloutier, Julie, ed.
City Reader. San Francisco: Reading Conventions, 2010. Art contribution. Frock, Christian L. and Hanor, Stephanie.
Oakland, CA: Mills College Art Museum / Invisible Venue. Catalog for commissioned public intervention series. Here and Now. Tilton, Jennifer.
New York: New York University Press, 2010. Cover art. Dangerous or Endangered: Race
and the Politics of Youth in Urban America.
—, We have as much time as it takes. San Francisco: Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. Exhibition catalog with interviews. [ PDF] 2009
Curreri, Amanda and Scollon, Erik, eds.
Color&Color #0. New York / San
Francisco, 2009. Image contributions.
—. Involved, Socially. San
Francisco: Triple Base Gallery/Michelle Blade, 2009. Publication featuring
contributions by members of 5-person exhibition, with essays by Matthew Rana.
Wazwaz, Maysoun, et. al.. Bellwether.
San Francisco: Southern Exposure. Catalog for inaugural exhibition
featuring 10 newly commissioned works, with "mirrorsblack" essay,
—. San Francisco: Kearny Street Workshop, 2008. Exhibition catalog with essays by Kevin B. Chen and Samantha
Imagination. Sudbury, Julia, ed.
New York: Routledge, 2005. Cover art (in collaboration with
Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex. Wong Yap, Christine.
Hyphen Magazine. Issue 7, Fall. Reproduction
of a painting. Wong, Christine. “Come on Down [Expect Stereotypes as South Asians Make U.S. Film, TV Debuts].” Oakland
Tribune & KALW 91.7, Feb. 2. Public Radio Exchange piece profile. Wong, Christine. “An ABC Comes Home: An Ancestral Pilgrimage to Guangdong, China.” Pacific News Service, Nov. 19. San Francisco
Chronicle, 13 January. Wong, Christine. “Forget Cinderella [Bride Laments Mother’s Gown].” Pacific News Service and KALW 91.7, April 3.
Public Radio Exchange piece profile.
I make sculptures, installations, participatory projects, and drawings to investigate optimism, happiness, and positive psychology, a research-based field studying human flourishing. I use everyday materials—ribbons, vinyl, mirrors, and gel pens—to lend accessibility and abundance to elusive sentiments. My projects are props and situations that spark and sustain attention to emotional experiences.
For example, I have drawn diagrams to illustrate psychologists’ theories of subjective wellbeing; sewn flags to elicit exuberance; assembled ribbons to spell messages encouraging positive mental habits; and crafted dollar-store-like installations to embrace decoration and pleasure. Increasingly, I create projects that invite interaction—such as organizing and offering artist-created activity sheets to the public—to cultivate agency, mutualism, and generosity.
“Glen Helfand describes the work of Christine Wong Yap, his pick for
one of the chains: ‘Her artwork is about all of us, as she creates barometers
of public mood, and usually aims to spread some good vibes with astute visual
choices....’ ...Yap’s piece is, aptly, a distorted mirror, a device that
has become one of her signatures. ...[She] make[s] use of recycled and reflected
images and memories to create a new shared experience.”
Brier, . Issue 11, March 25, 2010 Art Practical
“Presented as a make-believe store with shelves and pegboards, and selling its goods at “pleasurable prices,”
Irrational Exuberance (Asst Colors) is New York-based artist Christine Wong Yap’s defiant attempt to come on optimistic at all costs.” — Clark, Robert, . October 25, 2012 The Guardian
“In a marvelous little etching by Christine Wong Yap, densely inscribed
Gothic print ... reads, at first glance,
as the concluding section of an ecclesiastical text, but the crowded letters
actually spell out a recitation far more secular and mundane: a shopping
list for milk, yogurt, turkey and cheese. Yap, who lives in Oakland, stages
another amusing temporal and stylistic dislocation in a hand-inked scroll
of graph paper that ends in a curl on the floor....”
Los Angeles . October 9, 2009 Times