Zoƫ Watts

MFA ’24 Fine Arts 3D

My work addresses the complexities of acculturation, displacement, and race, with the intent of re-imagining what belonging and family can look like from my perspective as a transracial adoptee growing up with a white family in Texas. I reference Chinese art historical traditions and folklore in my ceramic sculptures and jewelry, which are based on and inspired by southwestern mythologies and aesthetics.

Zoƫ Watts is a sculptor from Yulin, Shaanxi. Their work combines mythologies and aesthetics from Chinese folklore and the American Southwest, culminating in colorful, playful works that investigate the relationship between place and identity. Watts grew up in Austin, TX and has exhibited at the Piano Craft Gallery in Boston, as well as several Texas art institutions, including the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.