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.