Joanna Tam is a Boston-based visual artist. Her interdisciplinary practice examines the issues of standardization, displacement and the construction of ethnic and national identities. She received a BS degree in Computer Science from Boston College and an MFA degree in Studio Art from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University.

** A note about this yarn ball: On November 25th, 2011 (the busies shoppng day in America, a.k.a. Black Friday), I brought a sweater I purchased from Gap with me and sat outside the Gap store in Natick Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in New England. I then unraveled the sweater in front of Gap over the course of five hours. This intervention is an attempt to address the complicated relationship between production and consumption as well as artistic labor. This yarn ball serves as an archive of my action.