Rae-Yen Song

Rae-Yen Song is a visual artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Recent exhibitions and residencies include: Talbot Rice Residents, University of Edinburgh, SCT, 2019-21; Summer Residency, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, SCT, 2019; Survey, Jerwood Arts, London and touring, ENG, 2018-19; and Platform, City Art Centre, Edinburgh Art Festival, SCT, 2018. Rae-Yen also founded Song’s House of Fancy, and co-founded the collaborative projects Jarsdell Solutions Ltd and YAKA Collective.

Rae-Yen’s work explores self-mythology as survival tactic, using fantasy and fabulation to create a personal cultural language of autobiography, family stories, and shared memories. This language becomes a tool for self-definition/identification, speaking of race, gender, culture, identity and what it means to belong – or not. The work incorporates drawing, sculpture, costume, props, video, family collaboration and performative actions in public.

Rae-Yen’s Jerwood Bursary will support the development of a new moving-image work. Specifically, it will facilitate a week of research involving animator Tim Dalzell, with a view to incorporating Rae-Yen Song’s drawings into the work as 3D animation.


Happy Happy Leaf (detail), 201, Rae-Yen Song. Image: courtesy of the artist