Amy Yao
September 7 - October 5, 2013
Opening reception Saturday, September 7, 6-9 PM

He can tell from her accent (which is kind acute) that she is a Vowelly Girl.

A little morning sickness on semi-clean, long lines and some more peaky sections. Overcast skies with light/ variable WNW winds. Two volunteers pitch in to help an Oregon Department of Transportation employee clear a fallen tree, and a storm watcher makes like a human parachute. A black spot in the bay turns out to be a surfer.

He looks her over. She's short and has a nice assonance. She sure is a cipher sore i's, thinks this consonantal dude, I'll bet she gives good letterhead.

His initial reaction is so pronounced, he doesn't know what to say. He is, at present, tense.


Amy Yao is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City, and a former member of the all-female teen punk band Emily’s Sassy Lime (ESL). Solo exhibitions include Skeletons on a Bender at 47 Canal in New York; The Real Housewives at New Jerseyy in Basel, Switzerland; Kawaii at Green Tea Gallery, Pahoa, Hawaii; and Mistress, oooof! Les Bourses…,Green Gallery in Milwaukee. Yao has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart, ICA, Philadelphia, PA; Emergency Cheesecake, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY; America Through A Chinese Lens, Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY; Looking Back: The Sixth White Columns Annual, selected by Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss, White Columns, NY; Greater New York, P.S.1/ MoMA, New York, NY.


Ditch Projects art space and Coast Time artist residency are pleased to present Amy Yao as the inaugrual recipient of the Art by Northwest Award (ANWA). This annual award, available only to artists from outside of Oregon, is designed to import work that will trigger creative discourse within Oregon. As the recipient of the ANWA, Amy Yaoreceived a one-month residency at Coast Time in August 2013, a solo exhibition at Ditch Projects in September 2013, as well as a generous stipend. For more information on the ANWA, please visit