Carol Zou is a Texangelena by way of the Chinese diaspora. Her work focuses on layered human geographies, craft as non-western cultural production, and polyvocality through a community organizing model. Her work ranges from facilitated community collaborations to more personally driven, conceptual works.
Carol is the current project manager/artist-in-residence for Trans.lation, an arts and cultural platform initiated by Rick Lowe and commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center, located in the refugee neighborhood of Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Texas. Through resident-led councils, resident-taught workshops, professional development, and pop-up exhibitions, Carol facilitates a space of cultural freedom and self-organization among a diverse and polylingual community.
Prior to Trans.lation, Carol organized the art collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a collective ranging from 20 to 500 crafters that creates public art through crowdsourced, participatory models. YBLA has collaborated with diverse constituencies including: Downtown Women's Center in Skid Row, Braille Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mayor's Office.
Additionally, Carol is a founder of Michelada Think Tank, a multi-state alliance of creative workers of color that highlights the need for diversity in the creative fields. Michelada Think Tank has presented at 18th Street Art Center, Open Engagement and is currently in residency at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
Carol received her B.F.A. from Cornell University with minors in Urban Planning and Gender Studies, and her M.F.A. in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a 2015 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellow.