Teng Yung Han

Auguries of Innocence

June 17 - July 24, 2022

WHAAM! is pleased to present Auguries of Innocence, the inaugural New York solo exhibition by Taiwanese artist Teng Yung Han, featuring a new body of work on view from June 17 through July 15, 2022.

Inspired by the idea of dreams and their meaning in our universe, Teng Yung Han navigates a made-up world in which her drawings exist in the peripheral. She critiques her own persona that she’s cultivated, nuanced by the notion of innocence in a space in which creation is intentional. Similar to the William Blake poem, Teng’s auguries of innocence is the physical embodiment of her own hyper awareness of how she is perceived externally. She curates her own subconscious thoughts through her gel figurines and intricate drawings as time passes and perceptions stay the same.


Teng utilizes the concept of Heta-Uma, which derives from the Japanese idea of being both skillful and unskillful, having taste and a lack thereof simultaneously. She basks in the notion that her work has a quality that makes the viewer itch, despite not exactly understanding what they are seeing in a literal sense. Her collaborative use of illustration and technology give her colorful images and characters a distinctive idiosyncratic look which causes the viewer to question even their own perception of reality, bringing Teng’s to life.

About Teng Yung Han

Teng Yung Han is a Taiwanese artist who received her Fine Arts degree from the Taipei National University of the Arts.  Her work curates subconscious thoughts while enacting a unique nuanced form of self-awareness that permeates the innocent persona she has cultivated. Her unique interdisciplinary practice gives her seemingly friendly characters and beings a distinguishing voice among young artists. "THE LIFE OF POPHAN" is Han Teng Yung’s artist book which collected works from her solo exhibition in Mangasick, Taipei. | @han_teng