Kai-Oi Jay Yung is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice splinters sculpture, video, performance and installation. Her work seeks to enable the viewer to find new ways of looking and understanding the world in which we live.

Jay looks to the common threads of our shared human experience to explore fundamental questions of who we are and how we live our lives. “Essentially my work is about life’s stupidities, conundrums and incredible interconnections, how relentless living can be and how wonderment can hit you like a thunderbolt from the blue.”

Her installation works often employs salvaged materials embedded into ceramic or fabric sculptures and draws on viewer’s memory and personal stories to immerse them in a multi-sensory reassessment of how things can be. Resourcefully merging lo-fi with hi-tech constructions, she hints at today’s overspeed and scant ecological resources.

Video is central to Jay’s practice, often using her own body in performance to inhabit a location’s story. In Madly into the Night she simultaneously became eccentric 18th century homosexual Bavarian ruler Ludwig II and ill fated empress Sisi. Meanwhile Trampoline (2006) is a sublime nine hour trampoline performance located in a forest, whilst in The Room her body is deployed to physically interpret site of former artillary barrack.

During her Whisper residency at Chinese Arts Centre, Jay will explore new approaches, techniques and exploratory paths which will feed into the making process. She will be inviting collaboration with two musicians, one a digital artist who has worked with Futuresonic and another, a local classical musician. The outputs of this creative relationship may be a performance, animation, dialogue or movement through sound. The residency will also provide the opportunity for Jay to reflect on recent research projects in Hong Kong and San Francisco and generate new works and ideas for her forthcoming show during Liverpool Biennial.

Kai-Oi Jay Yung is a British born Chinese artist. She graduated with a BA in French in 1999 and worked in public relations before graduating with BA Fine Art (First Class) from University of Dundee in 2006. She has exhibited internationally including Istanbul Biennial 2007 and Hong Kong. Curatorial projects and solo shows include Paradise Stories funded by European Capital of Culture 2008. She is a critical writer for publications including A-N magazine and is Inclusion and Interpretation officer at Tate Liverpool. Jay was took part in Chinese Arts Centre’s PAD (Personal Artist Development) scheme and had a First Step exhibition at the Centre in 2007.