Jess Wu // 小文 (they/them)

Jess is a queer artist and zinester from Taipei, Taiwan & now based in Oakland, California. They draw and print to create a visual representation for communities that deserve to be seen. Through Mixed Rice Zines, each project aims to document and celebrate the voices of queer & trans people color, with the hopes of building community and confidence within ourselves. 

In J's personal work and play, they value the lessons to be learned from a fearless younger self. We currently live in a time that demands so much, with endless and often unhealthy expectations of what we should be doing, and how we should look. Through music making, skateboarding, drawing, and zine printing, Jess takes the time to learn the process of creation in their own way. And in response, making space for others to explore creativity too.

 

 

 

Always open for commissions of all kinds, and happy to provide resources on how to make zines!

 

Artist CV:

ZINES (self-published)

 

  • Queer Teen Films, 2020 

  • Chosen Family Zine & Mixtape, 2019

  • Everybody Sk8s #3, 2018

  • Everybody Sk8s #2, 2017 (special edition with Unity Press)

  • Queer Azn Musicians, 2017 (special edition with Unity Press)

  • Mixd Azn Queers, 2017 (special edition with Unity Press)

  • Everybody Sk8s #1, 2016

  • 100% Mixed Zine, 2016 

  • Creatures Speak Out, 2015

  • Rice Keeps It Nice, 2015 

 

EXHIBITIONS 

 

2020    The Beat of Resistance, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

2019    Love Aswang, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2018    Jess Wu in the Ramp Gallery (*Solo show), SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

2018    Pave, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017    Girls Are Awesome, The Growlery, San Francisco, CA

2017    Tooned In: Our Stories Our Visions, CultureStrike, Oakland, CA

2017    Remind Me, Open Oakland, Oakland, CA


 

TALKS, PANELS & INTERVIEWS

 

2019    Interview in: Carving Space, documentary by Annie Dean-Ganek

2019    Interview in: But I Love the Zine, documentary by Fiona McDougall

2019    Panel discussion + Q&A at Intro to Trans Studies, San Francisco State University

2018    Featured Artist reading + Q&A, APAture Bookarts Showcase

2017    Panel discussion + Q&A, APAture Bookarts Showcase

2017    Interview on KPFA radio, Berkeley, CA

 

 

ZINE FAIRS & SHOWCASES

2020    Queer Reads Library Showcase, Taipei, Taiwan

2019    Bay Area Queer Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2019    East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2019    San Francisco Zine Fest, San Francisco, CA

2019    Dear Diary Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2018    East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2018    Hong Kong Queer Reads Library Showcase, Hong Kong

2018    Bay Area Queer Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2018    APAture Bookarts Showcase (*Featured Artist), San Francisco, CA

2018    Dear Diary Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2018    San Francisco Zine Fest, San Francisco, CA

2018    San Jose Zine Con, San Jose, CA

2017    East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2017    Banned Books at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2017    APAture Bookarts Showcase, San Francisco, CA

2017    San Francisco Zine Fest, San Francisco, CA

2017    Bay Area Queer Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2017    San Jose Zine Con, San Jose, CA

2016    East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2016    Queer Comics Expo, San Francisco, CA

2016    APAture Bookarts Showcase, San Francisco, CA

2016    San Francisco Zine Fest, San Francisco, CA

2016    Santa Cruz Zine Fest, Santa Cruz, CA

2015    East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2015    Monster Mash Zine Fest, Oakland, CA

2015    San Francisco Zine Fest, San Francisco, CA

2015    Claremont Zine Fest, Claremont, CA