YaYa Chou is an awards winning filmmaker, sculptor and installation artist. She is known for her innovative use of everyday materials and her exploration of the cultural meaning behind them. Her work range from sculptures made of gummi bears, licorice lace, burnt toasts and found objects to installations in traditional media of clay, paper, fabric and glass.
Chou observes the common treads in ideologies, social phenomenon and human experiences among various cultures. She emphasizes the experience created by the viewers when thye encounter the work, instead of the definition of concept itself. Starting in 2007, the interdisciplinary nature of her work expanded to include collaborations with galss artists, choreographers, sound artists, illustrators , filmmakers and public art artists.
Chou has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, New york, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Virginia Beach and other cities in the US. Her animated film were screened in numerous international film festivals and won four awards. She is the receipent of 2011 Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program in Montalvo Arts Center, CA; two ARC Grants fron Durfee Foundation, Santa Monica, CA and a Downtown Los Angeles Artists' Grant. Her work was featured in art magazines and news media around the world, including Sculpture magazine, Chicago Tribune, Fiberarts, Artillery and ArtScene.
Chou was born and rased in Taipei, Taiwan; currently lives in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts, CA and a BA in Mass Communication from FuJen University, Taipei, Taiwan.