Joanna Tam is a Boston-based visual artist. Her interdisciplinary practice examines the issues of standardization, displacement and the construction of ethnic and national identities. She received a BS degree in Computer Science from the Boston College and an MFA degree in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University.

** A note about this yarn ball: On November 25th, 2011 (the busiest shoppng day in America, a.k.a. Black Friday), I brought a sweater I purchased from Gap with me and sat outside the Gap store in Natick Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in New England. I then unraveled the sweater in front of Gap over the course of five hours. This intervention is an attempt to address the complicated relationship between production and consumption as well as artistic labor. This yarn ball serves as an archive of my action.



News | Recent Exhibitions and Events

Joanna Tam: Standard Practice, -- February 6 – March 5, 2015, Schlosberg Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA | Public Artist Talk - February 25 at 11:30am
Mapping the Dorchesterway (Part One), -- January 28 - March 13, 2015, Medicine Wheel Productions, Boston, MA
Praxis Performance Series, -- March 21, 2015, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
Warehouse 1-10 - Currents New Media Festival as part of CURRENTS: Santa Fe's Annual International New Media Festival, -- June 12 - June 28, 2015, Warehouse 1-10, Magdalena, NM
Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock's Artist-in-Residency Program, curated by Sarah Lewis, -- 27 August - 14 December 2014, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art | SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

I'm American (Happy 4th Edition) is featured in Emergency Index Vol. 3, published by Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn
365 Artists 365 Days. “Joanna Tam” , 365 Artists 365 Days, June 14, 2014.
Snow, Kirk Amaral. “Joanna Tam: I’m American” , Temporary Land Bridge, May 1, 2014.
Murray, James. “South End art show challenges identity and femininity” , Sampan, April 11, 2014.
Kuhlman, Matt. “Studio Sessions: Joanna Tam” , Big Red and Shiny, February 21, 2014.
Peripheral ARTeries. “Joanna Tam” , Peripheral ARTeries Art Review, November 2013.