Abstract

Photograph by Leah Jing 2018

Photograph by Leah Jing 2018


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.

Interview:
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.

Photography by Leah Jing 2018

Photography by Leah Jing 2018