ABOVE: Christine Wong Yap. what have i added to the wealth of creation, 2012, 1920s Chinese silk ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, thread, pins. Supported by Lucas Artists Program at the Montalvo Arts Center. Text borrowed from William Blake. Produced for Montalvo's exhibition Happiness Is..., it asks the (existential) question of legacy and the (flourishing) question of purpose.
The colorful work of interdisciplinary artist Christine Wong Yap includes installations, sculptures, multiples, and works on paper. Exploring the ideas of optimism and pessimism, her pieces address the paradox that mundane materials or situations can give rise to irrational expectations, emotions, and experiences.
Her "ribbon texts"—a series of pieces she's been working on since 2011—are a lovely exploration of these themes. As the artist describes them on her website: "sewn from ribbons and installed directly on the wall, these messages encourage mental habits that can increase happiness." A selection of the texts were included in Montalvo's 2013 exhibition Happiness Is..., and Yap continued work on the series while she was in residence at Montalvo last year.
We were delighted to learn that Yap's work was featured today on Oprah.com's Inspiration section, with the instruction to "Challenge yourself and change your perspective with these creative pieces of advice." If, after you view the slideshow on Oprah.com, you want to see more examples of the artist's work, you can also check out Yap's website.