Residency Dates
  • June 2022 – June 2022
High Desert Test Sites

Elena Dao Jing Yu is an interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, currently living in Joshua Tree, California. Her practice is currently focused on weaving together memory, history, and speculative fiction to explore social, spiritual and scientific relationships between objects, humans, and ecology. She has exhibited, performed and hosted workshops at Real Pain (New York), Olympia (New York), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the wulf (Los Angeles), Royal NoneSuch Gallery (Oakland), Quality Coins (Yucca Valley), the Beatnik Lounge (Joshua Tree), the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery (Wonder Valley), and numerous other artist-run spaces. She has been an artist-in-residence at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Carrizozo AIR. As an arts organizer, she has worked at the MAK Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and is currently the Assistant Director of Programming for High Desert Test Sites, where she has worked since 2016. Her arts organizing emphasis is on developing public programs and exhibitions that consider and care for all aspects of a community ecosystem; bringing together local residents, artists, partnering organizations, and sites around experimental contemporary art. Elena received her BA in Art from the University of California Los Angeles.