miranda zhen-yao

by light
b & w

by hand
a mix
     goings on



Moonrise Kingdom

Dear Future pt 1

Fungal intelligence

Final home

Sisters of the yam sisters of the rice sisters of the corn sisters of the plantain

July-October 2021

Water studies

12:01pm, Tompkins Square Park 

Moodboard for ‘Remembering Shanghai’ television series proposal

Draft imagery for the interactive novel Tetris 


In Chinese characters the left radical often points to meaning and the right to pronunciation. In the case of pronouns 他 (he) and 她 (she), note that the right half of the character is identical, so the words have the same pronunciation: "ta". How does grammar across languages affect our understanding of gender? And how can these lines be further muddled through the ways in which we wear our body hair? This collaborative piece was made for exhibition at the Aquí art gallery in the Bellavista neighborhood in Santiago, Chile.



Excerpts from Talking with Rin about Sexual Health


got obsessed with cyanotypes


came across Lauren Berlant’s https://supervalentthought.com/

We dream of swimming toward a beautiful horizon, but in truth, Berlant evocatively observed, we are constantly “dogpaddling around a space whose contours remain obscure.” What stories do we tell ourselves in order to stay afloat? In December, 2007, she started a blog called Supervalent Thought, dedicated to slowing the world down, zooming in on its mundanities. Some of its most bewitching posts had a voyeuristic intimacy, cataloguing interactions on city streets or in coffee shops, scrutinizing nonverbal cues, gestures, and fleeting expressions—the traces of affect that litter our daily lives.

fell in love with Tiffany Sia’s Too Salty Too Wet 更咸更濕 in which she says “Hong Kong will be the world’s first postmodern city to die.”


❧ drove cross country to work at a regenerative farm in Oregon while listening to the incredible ‘The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone’ audiobook, by Olivia Laing  

❧ looking forward to the start of a 6 month work exchange artist residency at The Wedding Cake House

❧ laying the foundations for ‘Dear Future’- a photo project exploring time through double exposures


❧ thinking about time, work and rush in Mario Savio’s 1964 “put your bodies upon the gears” address:

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machines will be prevented from working at all!

❧ revisiting Johanna Hedva’s Sick Woman Theory:

The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself. To take on the historically feminized and therefore invisible practice of nursing, nurturing, caring. To take seriously each other’s vulnerability and fragility and precarity, and to support it, honor it, empower it. To protect each other, to enact and practice community. A radical kinship, an interdependent sociality, a politics of care.

❧ tv! i’m making moodboards to help adapt Claire & Isabel Chao’s memoir ‘Remembering Shanghai’ into a drama series

❧ working on a piece about love for Ali Van’s forthcoming publication ‘Rolodex’

b. Vancouver n. Hong Kong
l./w. Providence, RI, USA

Miranda Zhen-Yao is a Rhode Island based artist from Hong Kong.  Miranda graduated from
Brown University in 2020 with a BA in Visual Arts and works in photography, text, and mixed
media. She lives by the belief that slow’s what makes the world go round.