Born in China, Zhou is a female artist and independent curator who is living and working in Australia. Zhou’s art practice is multidisciplinary, focusing primarily on sculptural form and photography. Her current research subjects include: spirituality as reflected through food culture in nomadic communities; the dialectic relationship between nature and humans; the meaning of nationality in multicultural societies; and art movements that engender creativity in the community. Through materials that are commonly used in daily life and figurative forms, Zhou offers viewers deceptively easy access to her art that incorporates complex meanings and multilayered messages. Employing a long production process that involves repetitive and intensive manual labour, Zhou demonstrates an appreciation for the value of time-honoured hand crafting skills. Zhou’s narrations often demonstrate a subtle sense of humor, reflecting her lighthearted attitude towards life.
Zhou has worked as the Program Manager at 24HR Art: Northern Territory centre for contemporary art from 2007 to 2013. She is currently studying Master of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne. Recently, Zhou was employed by Australia Council for arts to work at Australia Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2013 in Italy as Team Leader from October to November 2013.