b. Vancouver n. Hong Kong
l./w. Brooklyn

Miranda Zhen-Yao Van-Boswell is an artist of the Hong Kong diaspora working in photography, writing and mixed media. Coincidentally born the same year as the Hong Kong handover from Britain to China (1997), Miranda is making one cyanotype a day until Hong Kong is issued its nationhood death certificate on July 1st, 2047.

Miranda came of age as an artist in the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett Nation (colonially known as Providence, Rhode Island). She graduated from Brown University in 2020 with a BA in Visual Arts before becoming the Work Exchange Artist in Residence at the Wedding Cake House (2021-23). 

Her work engages the triangular affair of translation, rituals of domesticity, as well as the intersection of personal and collective histories. Miranda is a Rhode Island State Council of the Arts and New England Foundation of the Arts grant recipient, and has work held in the Museum of Everyday Life’s permanent collection. 


January-March 2024 Seawitch, Hong Kong
October 2021-May 2023 The Wedding Cake House, Providence, RI


2023 Public Art Learning Fund Grant, New England Foundation of the Arts
2022 Make Art Grant, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts
2022 Community Engagement Grant, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts
2020 Roberta Joselin Award, Brown University
2019 LINK Award, Brown University 


2023 Service Tension, Block Island Airport Gallery, Block Island, RI
2023 Women’s Stories, Crossroads, Providence, RI
2023 Rinse After Light, 1911, Providence, RI
2022 Fourth World, The Castle, Providence, RI
2022 Dust, Museum of Everyday Life, Glover, VT
2022 Would That: Expressions of Possibility in Asian America and Diaspora, Providence Public Library, Providence RI
2020 Virginities, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence RI
2019 Adolescence, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence RI
2019 Imagen y Palabra, Aquí Gallery, Santiago, Chile


2022 Interview with Celeste Diaz Falzone, Dirt Palace Blog
2022 All Land Has a Perfect Memory cover photo for Nico Vela Page’s Americón, Wendy’s Subway, NY
2020 Brown Urban Journal Vol 6, pg 72, Providence RI
2019 Ears for Hong Kong, The Indy, Providence RI
2019 Cover photo for Dispatches from Pronk, The Indy, Providence RI
2018 Conexión, The Indy, Providence RI