Bittersweet Issue Teaser Party in L.A.: Artist Spotlight on A'Misa Chiu

May 2, 2011

A'Misa Chiu will be providing live art at our Hyphen 'Bittersweet' Issue teaser party in L.A. on May 7.


Ready, L.A.? For the first time ever, Hyphen is throwing an issue teaser party in your neck of the woods. Little Tokyo will soon play host to our amazing lineup of performers, special guests, surprise appearances, and tons of giveaways. You’ve been waiting -- now don’t miss it.

We're getting tons of great responses in the run-up to the event, and we'll be sharing more details of our teaser party as the day draws nearer -- so keep checking here to see who’s going to be spinning tunes, creating art, and dropping rhymes for you at Chop Suey on May 7.

The amazing collage artist A'Misa Chiu will be providing us with live art at our party, and we couldn't be more excited to show off her work!

A'Misa comes from both the zine-writing community and the art world. These influences, along with her background in social work, play heavily into her art, which combines several mediums to create dreamlike expressions that often tie into themes of society and activism. "A lot of my art is self-discovery," she says. "I try to pick pictures that are unsettling for the public."

A'Misa's creative inspirations include the filmmaker John Waters, Dada artists, the Doodle movement, the French collage artist Albane Simon, and Yoko Ono, to name just a handful. A self-professed "big dreamer," A'Misa's work can be thought-provoking and surreal. "A lot of my artwork [stems from] my subconscious," she adds. "I try to capture the landscape of my dreams."

Beyond art, A'Misa still has a foot firmly planted in the zine world. She and her husband, Alex Chiu, have created the cultural arts zine, Eyeball Burp. And she is trying to rally the zine community with her upcoming project, a show called 'Zine Scene, in which she hopes to promote the work of L.A. zine makers: "We're trying to get a lot of the local zine makers together [and] actively create this community. That’s where my heart is."

As a fan of Hyphen and an active participant with our community partner Tuesday Night Project, A'Misa is as excited as we are to be involved with our party. "I believe in what Hyphen does for the community," she says. "It's kind of a neat [melding] of two projects [I care about]."