Collages cut from written letters from my mother, dating from 1996, water damaged from an apartment fire in November 2010. First: The text is recombined to form the Chinese character 問 [ask], which is also the character 口 [mouth | orifice] nested inside the character 門 [door]. Second: Arranged around the character 聽 [listen].

Collage: Ask Collage: Listen

What Love Looks Like

2012 to 2016

Diagrams, visuals, poems and videos on attachment, intimacy and loss. Full archive:

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Really old stuff

2004 to 2008
A Brief Guide to Spinoza's Ethics Happy Birthday, Rich Watts Love Note Sleeping and Dreaming Henry Chinaski's Women and What They Meant to Him Animal Drawings

I'm Louise Ma and this is my oft-forgotten homepage.
For now I post the latest of what I'm working on to

I grew up in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and then moved to New York City, where I graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2007. I've since worked as an interaction designer at and WNYC Data News, and collaborated with design studios like Kiss Me I'm Polish, Heavy Meta and OPEN. I've also co-founded the barter initiative Trade School. More recently, I've been a visiting design thinking instructor at The New School's Journalism+Design program. After fifteen years in New York City, I am back in the Bay Area as of fall 2018.

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