Jacob Z. Wan is a contemporary bookbinder who creates mixed-media conceptual books to celebrate the importance of oneself. He received his BFA and MFA from the University of Central Florida, and he has exhibited in Florida, Illinois, Germany, and China. Wan moved to the USA from China in 2014, and currently, he resides on the east coast of Florida.
“As a Chinese gay man, I explore sexuality, context, and introspection of personal experience through mixed media book arts. I am a contemporary bookbinder who assembles conceptual books as an expression of emotions, sequence of consciousness, and collection of moments. By experimenting with the materiality of the page, thread, and cover, I deploy personal memories to express self-awareness, celebrate solitude, and the importance of oneself.”