interdependence zine cover: thought experiments in agency. artists' personal impacts survey review. christine wong yap.

Inter/dependence, 2015, 20-page ’zine, 8.5 x 7 inches, first printing, 100 copies.

Inter/dependence and these related projects have their origins in the Artists’ Personal Impacts Survey. I created and conducted this 40-question survey to explore positive psychological benefits of art practice. It was completed by 112 visual artists.

Upon reviewing responses, I noticed respondents’ emphasis on relatedness via connection, community, and collaboration. I also found that a subset of respondents who self-organized activities had stronger opinions, were more active, and were more likely to stay active. I explored these practices in greater detail via follow-up correspondence.

These findings are presented in an essay and nine data visualizations in Inter/dependence, a 20-page ’zine. I further summarized the overlaps in the 10 qualitative responses by creating four hand-drawn Venn diagrams. I hand-lettered respondent’s quotes to further explicate the diagrams. Finally, I sewed a flag to represent how peer artists comprise an art world that I want to participate in.

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Caption: Christine Wong Yap, Inter/dependence, 2015, mixed media, dimensions variable. Inter/dependence was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space artist residency program in 2015.

Thanks to all survey respondents, supporters who shared the survey, and LMCC. Special thanks to Jocelyn Shu, for survey design input; Stephen Barich, Cal Cullen, Sarrita Hunn, Kate Ann Rhoades, and Weston Teruya for their follow-up correspondence; and Jessie Chaffee, Constantina Zavitsanos, Gregory Gentert, and Tatiana Berg for editing help.