Mi Gordito Lindo, They Bu xūyao Yeo Gwon (My Flower Pig, They Don’t Need a Passport) by Ellen Yeong Gyeong Son

Friday 15 November 2019 - Friday 31 January 2020

Ellen Yeong Gyeong Son, Floating Lines, 2017 (detail), scratched cellophane and fishing wire, 45 x 50cm

Through scratching and sewing layers of cellophane, this new project explores Ellen Yeong Gyeong Son’s identity as ‘culture unspecified’ between Australian, Korean and Singaporean cultures. The act of scratching and sewing on cellophane is Son’s way of inscribing, erasing, layering and censoring the borderlines of these unique cultures that often do not intersect with one another. Son engages her different cultural memories and experiences by forming sentences that involve fragments of phonetically translated Korean words, Australian and Singaporean slang.

These texts may result in mistranslation as they may have dual meanings in different cultures; but such mistranslation and grammatical errors illustrate how Son’s sense of belonging to these cultures are neither definite nor indefinite. Her identity and sexuality do not tie in with specific cultures. Instead, they exist within the intersections of these unique cultures. Texts and images make up series of two-dimensional delicate cellophane works that act as Son’s coloured lenses, allowing her to restlessly question her extraterritorial sense of belonging within the unspecified zones of these cultures.


Fitzroy Library

Date and time:
During library opening hours
Friday 15 November 2019 - Friday 31 January 2020

128 Moor Street, Fitzroy