Georgette Chen Fellow
Recipient of a Fellowship supported by the Andreas Teoh Contemporary Asian Art Programme
Dr Yanyun Chen (born in 1986, Singapore) is a visual artist, and runs a drawing, animation and installation practice. Her works delve into the aesthetic, cultural and technological inheritances on one’s body, unravelling fictional and philosophical notions of embodiment. She researches cultural wounds, dowry traditions, hereditary scars, philosophies of nudities, and etymology. Her recent works include Furious Fires (2020), False Truths (2020), Women in Rage (2019), Stories of a woman and her dowry (2019), The scars that write us (2018), Skinning Nudity (2018) and Flower Flights (2018).
She received the prestigious National Arts Council Young Artist Award (2020), Singapore’s highest award for young arts practitioners, aged 35 and below. Her works were also awarded the Prague International Indie Film Festival Q3 Best Animation Award (2020), ArtOutreach IMPART Visual Artist Award (2019), National Youth Film Awards Best Art Direction Award (2019), Singapore Art Museum President’s Young Talents People’s Choice Award (2018), Japan Media Arts Festival (2012) and Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award (2009).
Dr Chen graduated from the European Graduate School Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought Doctor of Philosophy programme in 2018, its Communications Master of Arts programme in 2014, and Nanyang Technological University School of Art Design and Media Digital Animation programme in 2009. She is the Arts Practice Coordinator for the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, the founder of illustration and animation studio Piplatchka, and a partner of publishing house Delere Press LLP. Outside of Singapore, her works have been exhibited internationally, including Buenos Aires, South Korea, Canada, United States, Belarus, The Netherlands and Czech Republic.
She lives and works in Singapore.
Dr Chen co-wrote an art teacher’s textbook entitled 50 Drawing Exercises with artist Martin Constable (RMIT), published by the Ministry of Education. This book serves to aid in building a drawing curriculum for pre-university art education in Singapore.
She obtained her PhD from the European Graduate School, in the division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought, in 2018. Her dissertation research, entitled ‘Skinning Nudity’ investigates the notion of nudity as an artificial construct—in its representations in Singapore artistic practices, in censorship limitations by the legal and policy frameworks, and through its historical evolution by local media coverage from the 1970s to 2017.
She obtained her Masters in Communications at The European Graduate School in 2014. Her thesis entitled ‘Tracing Etymology: Origin and Time; Monsters and Demons’ was supervised by Wolfgang Schirmacher and Jeremy Fernando, and was published by Atropos Press in 2015. It attempts to rethink the relationship between ‘origin’ and ‘time’ in etymology and thought. It considers the paradoxical relationality between the notion of a single starting point (a fiction that etymology relies on) and the various possibilities that a hermeneutical study of a word unearths, suggesting a constellation rather than a single origin.
“Flower Flights”, by Yanyun Chen, with writings by Jeremy Fernando, Junni Chen and Lim Lee Ching, published by Swell Sg, Singapore, 2018. ISBN 978-981-14-0033-9.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Introduction to 2D Animation
Introduction to the Arts
Art Studio Research, Experimentation, and Critique
Advanced 2D Animation and Storytelling