Ms Yanyun Chen works in charcoal. Her studio-based drawing practice is driven by questions derived from the process of drawing – of putting marks on paper – and the craft of working in charcoal.
Her first exhibited series ‘Chasing Flowers’ challenges the still-life genre, by drawing portraits of flowers as they wilt. They are representations of time manifested in the changing conditions of decaying flowers, yet culminating in what appears to be unmoving still-life drawings. This led to explorations in the mythologies of flowers in her ongoing series ‘Poppies’.
Recently, she presented four large drawings, entitled ‘Experiments with Johannes Brahm’s Horn Trio Movement 1–4’, which were shown alongside the performance of Brahms’ compositions by the Horn Trio, held at the Esplanade, in December 2016. Her drawings have been exhibited in Singapore, notably at Art Porters, ChanHampe Galleries, Visual Arts Development Association Singapore, Jendela (Visual Art Space) and NoiseSingapore.
She is a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she obtained her Masters in Communications. She received the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award and the Nanyang Scholarship for her Bachelors in Fine Arts [Hons] 1st class from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); and has been trained at the Florence Academy of Art (Sweden), The Animation Workshop (Denmark), and under puppet makers Miroslav Trejtnar and Zdar Sorm (Czech Republic). She has published books including 50 Drawing Exercises (co-written, published by Ministry of Education, Singapore), Tracing Etymology: Origin and Time; Monsters and Demons (published by Atropos) and It’s Fiction (co-written, published by Delere Press). Jimmyfish, an eco-awareness flash game built by her team, was awarded the Jury Selection in the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival, 2011.
Currently, she teaches drawing at Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore and at the School of Art Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore.
She is also the co-founder and managing partner of publishing house Delere Press LLP, Singapore.
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“50 Drawing Exercises”, edited by Martin Constable and Yanyun Chen, published by Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR) for Art Teachers in Ministry of Education Schools, Singapore, 2016. ISBN: 978-981-09-8445-8.
“Chasing Flowers : workings”, written by Yanyun Chen and Junni Chen, published by Knuckles&Notch & Delere Press LLP, Singapore, 2016. Risograph print zine. ISBN: 978-981-09-9769-4
“Tracing Etymology: Origin and Time; Monsters and Demons”, written by Yanyun Chen, edited by Jeremy Fernando, with an introduction by Jeremy Fernando and Esther Ng, published by Atropos Press, New York, 2015. ISBN: 978-1940813943, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository.
“It’s Fiction A 2014 Drawing Catalogue”, with text by Jeremy Fernando, Dustin Hellberg, Anders Kølle, published by Delere Press, Singapore. 2014. ISBN: 978-981-09-2656-4, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository.
“On Invisibility; or, towards a minor ju-jitsu”, written by Jeremy Fernando, illustrated by Yanyun Chen, published by Delere Press, Singapore, 2013. ISBN: 978-981-07-4309-3, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository.
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