Artist Profile: Jing Jing Wang

Pronouns: They / TA/ 他 /elle / él

Jing Jing Wang is a sappy queer alien who loves a lot of things very deeply. A longtime Eastside resident, they are currently a rising senior pursuing a degree in sociology/gender and feminist studies at Pitzer College near Los Angeles, CA.

Portrait with background of pink Chinese characters

An intersectional feminist and multidisciplinary artist, Jing Jing is passionate about a bit of everything and spend their time focusing on visual art, theater, writing, choreography, collaborative storytelling, and community work. Jing Jing’s coming out story was published in the Stranger’s 2018 Queer Issue.

Jing Jing serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for It’s Real Magazine, an online magazine destigmatizing mental health in Asian American communities. Their creative work can be found in The Stranger, Sex Positive Now: An Anthology of Movers and Shakers in the World of Sexuality, It’s Real Magazine, and the thirty plus sketchbooks stuffed in their bookshelf. They can’t wait for whatever they’ll get up to next!

https://jjwportfolio.carrd.co/ (Content note: artistic nudity)

What would you like the larger community to know about your identity?

I can lay out a laundry list of identities if I want to – and speak about the topic of identity for hours if I have the space. But right now what I want to highlight most is what being genderqueer, nonbinary, and transgender mean to me. Genderqueer is my chosen word because queerness has a history of deviance, revolution, and political coalition.

Queer is for everyone. Queer is forever in transit. Queer is not normal. When I say my gender is queer, I’m saying my gender is whatever I want it to be. Genderqueer is my flag of autonomy. A public statement that I have the right and power to decide my own identity. I want people to erase their assumptions of me, starting from gender, and allow themselves to get to know me in all my complexity. Everyone deserves that.

With the never ending flood of anti-trans legislation that has picked up in recent days, I hope that everyone will stand up to actively support the trans and gender nonconforming community. I will be relying on the strength and resilience of my community, both trans and non-trans, as we continue fighting for liberation.


“8th Grade Depression”

Ink portrait on collage with printed text and lined notebook pages

This is an extremely vulnerable piece that deals with exactly what it says it does. During 8th grade, my depression came out in full force for the first time. At the time I was struggling so much that I couldn’t even muster up the willpower to draw in my sketchbook. It felt too final, like too much commitment.

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“Trans Venus” and “Trans David”

Venus and David statues with transgender bodies

The iconic imagery of Michelangelo’s David and the Venus de Milo came to mind as personifications of the gender binary, with all of their connotations of white classical western history. They are the blueprint against which we are measured. To depict these revered works of art with trans bodies hopefully makes the viewer stop to consider what is considered beautiful, monstrous, or normal.


“Neon Lights Self-Portrait”

Short-haired person with glasses against white background with pink text

I decided to use highlighter in this self portrait as a homage to the neon nighttime cityscapes of Asia, and because I was in the middle of a series of small drawings I called highlighter people, or more elegantly, fluorescent nudes. The Chinese characters in the back all represent something important to me.

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