Passover is Metal, Star of Larry David and Ain’t No Challah Back(pack) Girl are the names of Chloe Wise‘s recent sculptural work. Her art explores the relationship between pop culture, sexuality, consumerism and Jewish identity. If you want to read more about her inspirations, check out interviews in Bullet, Oyster and Galore. When we met up with Wise, we opted for an old fashioned Y or N JAP (Jewish American Princess) Quiz.
We gave her a list a things with only one question for each item: is it Jappy or no? “JAP isn’t offensive,” Wise said. “It’s how I identify. My perspective as a cisgendered white Jewish middle class girl in a cute outfit is not vapid or insignificant. I discovered that it’s something people can relate to. Previously, I believed it was a vapid perspective and not something to celebrate, but then I realized that comedy comes from a place of honesty. When you know what you’re talking about, you can pick it to pieces and satirize the thing you love and know.”
Still not sure what a JAP is? Here’s an Urban Dictionary link.
Y or N JAP Quiz with Chloe Wise:
Jappy because at the end of your dinner in Boca Raton on spring break with your parents they all order cappuccinos. You might be more apt to want a latte with latte art on it or something cute like a skinny mocha whatever the fuck from Starbucks because that’s what you always get but cappuccinos remind you of your Jewish parents after dinner.
Oh, Jappy and on my list.
2006 Quebec vibes
Cursive word tattoos
Yeah, JAPs who identify as alternative. Alt-JAP.
It’s Italian but in grade 8 you probably had an Italian boyfriend who made you want to get Kappa pants so, Jappy.
Music of, Jappy. “Like I Love You,” ultimate playlist. Must have.
Being addicted to lipbalm
Jappy in Brooklyn.
Yoga JAP health vibe.
The more unjappy it is, the more jappy it is because a JAP who doesn’t want to be a JAP seeks alternative decorations from Urban Outfitters to be like, I am alt but really that’s just a JAP. I have skulls all over the place and I’m the biggest JAP ever.
Not going to Saatchi because he strangled Nigella
Knowing all the words to Rent
Where do I even begin with how jappy that is? Summer camp, year after year, beginning to end, the entire musical, me and my friends.
Jappy. Thinking you can get out of anything because you’re entitled is jappy.
That’s stoner jappy. These are all jappy. You couldn’t even ask me a non jappy question if you wanted to.
Not jappy. That’s waspy as fuck.
Having a tea collection
I’ve never heard of that. My dad is an accountant, so yes.
Learning how to do a smoky eye on YouTube
Strawberry cream cheese
Posters of Johnny Depp
Posters of John Mayer is jappy.
Losing your viriginity to your best friend’s brother
Not jappy. JAPs are so loyal and monogamous. Everyone I went to summer camp with is married to their high school boyfriends. It’s so bizarre and offputting. I hope none of them read this. They won’t anyway.
I don’t know what that is. I smoked weed every day in high school.
What else is jappy?
Toronto jap is different from Montreal, but there are still some universal things, like camp things. Puking to get out of your canoe trip is very jappy. Pretending you have your period and you can’t swim and you have your period all the time is very jappy. There’s a lot of things that are about a sense of entitlement and self preservation like, “No I don’t want to get dirty.” I still identify with that.
For me, the main token of jappiness that I’ve discussed in my work is the commodity thing, the acquisition of status or popularity via commodity–fashion commodities especially. In high school you comprise your persona: I’m alt, I’m into art, I’m hippie JAP so I have black Uggs or Moccasin boots or other things define me. It’s the things we do to construct our identity.
Girls Gone Smiled, oil paint, urethane, silicone, t shirt
Visit Chloe Wise’s website here.