Dr. Yanyun Chen (b. 1986, Singapore) is a visual artist, known for her charcoal drawings, animations and installations practice, and 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, Women in Rage, Stories of a woman and her dowry, The scars that write us, Skinning Nudity and Flower Flights. She received 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).
Chen graduated from the European Graduate School Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought PhD programme in 2018, the Communications MA 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 Humanities division of Yale-NUS College in Singapore, the founder of illustration and animation studio Piplatchka, and the managing partner of publishing house Delere Press LLP. Her works have been exhibited in Buenos Aires, Singapore, Korea, Macau, Belarus, The Netherlands and Czech Republic.
She lives and works in Singapore.