Wy Joung Kou is a queer, chronically ill, multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Their body of work spans mosaic art, poetry, sound, movement, performance, video, and installation. Grounded in a disability justice framework centering accessibility, community and interdependence, their artistic practice is interwoven with personal narratives of grief, care, and intimacy.
Kou’s educational trajectory as a professional artist has followed a path combining mentorship, apprenticeship, and community-models of learning, skill exchange, and collaborative process. Their independent mosaic work has exhibited in establishments such as The Gladstone Hotel, Critical Distance Gallery and the ArQuives. They began undertaking commission work in 2020 with their first commissioned mosaic piece now installed permanently at the North York Women’s Shelter. In 2021 they had their first solo exhibit as part of the DesignTO Festival.
Kou has been a performing member of Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers since 2019. They are the founder and organizer of the Sick & Disabled Queer Zine Fair (2018-2019) as well as an Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency alum. They were the inaugural winner of the JRG Grant for Artist with Disabilities (2018), and have been the recipient of multiple Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts grants. Kou has had the great pleasure of working with ReDefine Arts (Est. as Red Dress Productions in 2007) as an Associate Artist since 2015 and Associate Artistic Director as of 2021.