Ellen Yeong Gyeong Son                                                                                  

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      색안경을 쓰다, 색안경을 끼고 보다

/ saekangyeongeol sseuda, saekangyeongeol kkigo boda/ 

proverb
  1. See something through colored lenses/glasses
    “You are looking at the world through the colored lenses/glasses”
    synonym: biased, narrow-minded, one-sided, unfairly prejudiced for/against
  2. Having an unpleasant feeling about something
    “Do you have an unpleasant feeling towards me because whatever you think is all justified?”
    synonym: bad feelings, grudge, disagreement


    “Too often we tend to see the world through lenses colored by our own culture and beliefs”
    “We are given and wearing culturally filtered lenses to look at the world with.”

Having lived in Korea, Singapore and Australia, Ellen YG Son occupies a complex cultural position as a contemporary hybrid and a culture-unspecified. She is interested in deconstructing culture, linguistic limitations and racial barriers, and investigating how these factors constantly reshape cultural identities. She utilises cellophane in her practice as a culturally filtered lens and a representation of cultural values/limitations that they may impose on individuals. The act of scratching and sewing on the surface of cellophane are Son’s metaphorical method of erasing, inscribing, layering and censoring not only the borderlines of the unique cultures that often do not intersect with one another, but also the memories and experiences of these cultures that one may possess. As the result, Son hopes to create an installation of delicate cellophane banners that often illustrate neither definite nor indefinite senses of belonging to cultures.

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These photos were taken by Leah Jing for the interview at Liminal Magazine. 
Read the interview here





Artist CV - Ellen Yeong Gyeong Son

Education
2017
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia (First Class Honours)

Awards/Grants
2019



City of Yarra Small Project Grant, Melbourne, Australia ($1000)
Emerge in Yarra Festival Commission Fee, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Australia ($500)
SEVENTH Gallery Exhibition Fund & Artist Fee, Australia ($200)
City of Yarra Exhibition Program Fund & Artist Fee, Australia ($650)

2018
City of Yarra Small Project Grant, Melbourne, Australia ($1000)
Emerge in Yarra Festival Commission Fee, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Australia ($500)
SEVENTH Gallery Exhibition Fund & Artist Fee, Australia ($200)
City of Yarra Exhibition Program Fund & Artist Fee, Australia ($650)

2017
Immerse 2017 The Best Young Artist Award, Knox, Australia ($1000)
The National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Award, Australia ($1500)

2016
Chapman & Bailey Award, Melbourne, Australia ($100)

2015
Melbourne Global Scholars Award, Melbourne, Australia ($10,000)

Solo Exhibitions
2019



WAHLAU-EH, EAT MY YEOT SH*T, Emerge in Yarra Festival, School House Studios, Australia, Melbourne
Mi Gordito Lindo, They Bù xūyào Yeo Gwon (My Flower Pig, They Don’t Need a Passport), Fitzroy Library, City of Yarra Exhibition Program, Australia, Melbourne
In the name of love : 사랑이란 이름으로, SEVENTH Gallery, Australia, Melbourne

2018
Between You and I, KINGS Artist-Run-Initiative, Australia, Melbourne

2017
, SEVENTH Gallery, Australia, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions
2020
Disobedient Daughters, Counihan Gallery, Australia, Melbourne (September)
Shelter, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Australia, Melbourne (online program)
2019
Everything that exists in the current, Due West Festival, Melbourne
Mother, Bus Projects, Australia, Melbourne
2018
The Depth of Simplicity, Mapping Melbourne Festival, spAce@collins, Australia, Melbourne
Omnipresent Uncertainty, Tacit Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Colliding Borders: Multiple Senses of Belonging, Sam Merrifield Library, Fringe Festival, Australia     Glimmer, Red Gallery, Australia, Melbourne
New Perspectives, Crowther Contemporary, Australia, Melbourne
Breach, Project Space George Paton Gallery, Australia, Melbourne

2017
Transience, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia, Melbourne
CUT & PASTE, Red Gallery, Australia, Melbourne
Fundraisers 2017, SEVENTH Gallery, Australia, Melbourne
Immerse Festival 2017, Knox City, Australia, Melbourne

2016
Art Trail - Open Spaces, Abbotsford Convent, Australia, Melbourne
Australian Landscape Painting, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia, Melbourne
None of us are in here, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia, Melbourne

2015
Half Way There, Melbourne City Library, Australia, Melbourne
Within/Without, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia, Melbourne

Commissions
2020
Faded, but still there, Shelter (Covid-19 online commission project), Multicultural Arts Victoria, Australia
2019
WAHLAU-EH, EAT MY YEOT SH*T, Emerge in Yarra Festival, School House Studios, Australia, Melbourne

Interview
2018
Son, Ellen Yeong Gyeong. (Apr, 2018). Interview #54 - Ellen YG Son (Yoon, Kelly. Interviewer). Liminal Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.liminalmag.com/interviews/ellen-son.



I acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded land of Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples. I pay my respects to Elders past, present, and emerging.