iris yirei hu is an artist who works in painting, fibers, text, and installation. Her work is often collaborative, through which she makes kin with those that practice collaborative survival in wake of personal, historical, and environmental loss. She is interested in limning transgeographic intimacy through weaving and craft practices that are both thriving and threatened. Her work centers learning as a method of engagement, and is both research-based and dependent on lived experience.
Her work in the exhibition is part of her four-part series of installations based on allegorical survival guides. In an embroidery, hu records her mother’s answers to her inquiry of what they would need to take with them if the Sun devoured the Moon.
iris yirei hu (b. 1991, Los Angeles, CA) has shown her work at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Women's Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Lenfest Center for the Arts (New York, NY), Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), and Visitor Welcome Center (Los Angeles). Her work has been reviewed and featured in the LA Times, Carla, CNN, Sinovision, KCET, X-TRA Online, and Artillery. She has been supported by the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, among others. She received a BA from UCLA and MFA from Columbia University.