‘Between You and I’ investigates how our perception of the world is coloured by the cultural conditions in which we are situated. As a child, Ellen YG Son remembers making glasses with red and blue cellophane. The world she saw through these lenses was tinted across a spectrum of red, purple and blue. Years later, moving to different countries and meeting people from diverse cultural backgrounds, she realised that her vision was limited to, and coloured by traditional Korean values and language. Using the material of cellophane, as a representation of traditional Korean values and the limitations that they may impose on individuals, Ellen YG Son presents a collection of bold and intricately crafted works.
Having lived in Korea, Singapore and Australia, Ellen YG Son occupies a complex cultural position as a contemporary hybrid. 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 representation of traditional Korean values and the limitations that they may impose on individuals.