Dongyan Chen

Multidisciplinary Artist, Singapore

from: 01.04.2019   to: 30.06.2019

Dongyan Chen (Singapore) is a Chinese-born, London-based multidisciplinary artist. Previously a painter, Chen currently synthesizes techniques such as sound, installation, photography, video, and drawing in her work.

Dongyan Chen is interested in the potential of texts, images and sounds to work together in montages as a way of remaking and reconstructing our memory bank, approximating the way our dreams work.

“My works are primarily concerned with the realm of the unconscious and dreams, as well as the different processes to discover and articulate the hidden messages embedded in them.” she states, “After further research on dreams, psychology, and psychoanalysis, I get my inspirations from mental conditions such as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Schizophrenia.”

Dongyan Chen values the disruption of linear storytelling her associative way of working allows, imagining the audience as a kind of investigator, each person able to draw their own very individual conclusions.

The artist’s current artistic objective is constructing immersive art experiences that are able to engage audiences on a deep level. Drawn particularly to sound and video, she aims to create an experience “that can lead the audience into a dream-like state, provoking self-revelation.”

At SomoS, Dongyan Chen will spend her time collecting visual material and creating new video work, preparing an immersive installation, to be presented June 2019 at SomoS’ gallery space as part of the Orphaned Memories exhibition opening during the 48 Stunden Neukölln Festival.


Dongyan Chen received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London, United Kingdom (2018) and a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design from University of the Arts London. Chen’s work has been presented in exhibitions in London and Shanghai, including Distilled Revery, Untitled Space (Shanghai); Déjà Vu, Freud Museum London (London), and The Flow of Nature, City University of London.

Dongyan Chen homepage: http://www.dongyanchen.com