Jocelyn Tsaih


Jocelyn is a Taiwan-born, Shanghai-raised visual artist currently based out of Oakland, California.

Her work is a reflection on human nature and the intangible aspects of life. More often than not, her work features an amorphous character meant to embody the spirit of beings as a whole. Jocelyn enjoys working across a variety of mediums including painting, mural-making, printmaking, animation, and ceramics.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

I just finished reading Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole, which is a novel told through the perspective of a young man that returns to Lagos after living in New York for 15 years. The idea of returning to a home that feels unfamiliar really resonated with me. The book also includes beautiful photos by Teju Cole interspersed throughout. Reading this book was a very meditative experience. Other favorites include Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

Most visited blogs, websites?

It's Nice That
Sight Unseen

What apps do you use the most and why?

I use Instagram the most (definitely a little too much) because it's pretty much the only social media app I use. I love finding and connecting with new artists and it's a really good tool for that.

Whats currently on your playlist?

I listen to a lot of house music but recently have been getting into disco and funk. Some current favorites are Funkin in Your Mind by Sumy, You're the One for Me by D Train, Love on the Rocks by Lama, and Only You by Steve Monite.

Other tunes that have been on repeat recently:
Moon Hike (listening to this song is the closest I'll ever get to hiking on the moon) by Roy Comanchero
By its own light (Mano Le Tough Remix) by New Jackson
Is It Dry? by Project Pablo
By the Beach by Aleksandir
Can't Help It by Baba Stiltz
6 AM Mimosa by DJ Boring
I Hope I Sleep Tonight by DJ Seinfeld
Rafaka's Song (Fort Romeau Remix) by Tunnelvisions


What records would you recommend to hear?

Dancehall by The Blaze
Outer Peace by Toro y Moi
Time Spent Away From You by DJ Seinfeld
All Melody by Nils Frahm
Lovers I / Lovers II by Rei Brown
Agua Congas by Paula Tape
EP2 by Yaeji
Once by Peggy Gou


Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

I recently watched Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, a documentary about the prolific composer and his career. I highly recommend it. Some other movies I love are Moonlight, Call Me by Your Name, Blue is the Warmest Color, Paprika, The Truman Show, Blade Runner, and Her.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

David Shrigley
Geoff McFetridge
Hilda Palafox
Liana Finck
Charlotte Ager
Michael Dumontier, and many many more.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

Sex Education on Netflix is so good! I think my neighbors can hear me obnoxiously laughing out loud when I'm watching it. You can never go wrong with The Office. Terrace House for some light-hearted Japanese reality TV drama (very mild drama, which I prefer).


Who are you following?

Artists, photographers, musicians, friends, family.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

I'll always flip through a Juxtapoz issue whenever I come across one.

What are the things you cannot live without?

My sketchbook for jotting down random thoughts and ideas, my iPhone for checking the weather and using Google Maps, my laptop for getting work done, those amazing angled Purdy brushes for getting steady straight lines and clean edges when painting murals, and headphones/earphones for listening to music.


Jocelyn Tsaih

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Portrait image by © Nick Korompilas