Fan-Ling Suen is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Masters of Fine Arts program. She has worked at Arts Umbrella since 2012 as a teaching assistant, visual arts instructor, and administrative staff. Suen’s current practice investigates the complex nature of human relations and how we understand ourselves within the framework of institutions—particularly those that structure childhood experiences. A combination of social history, popular fiction, children’s literature, and psychoanalytic theory informs her work as she navigates concerns around memory, longing, and attachment.
The works Couple and Honeymoon Sweet are drawn from a series of photographic collaborations between Fan-Ling Suen and Katie Clark. From 2006 to 2008, Suen and Clark used staged photography and cinematic tropes to investigate narrative structures and explore the visual languages of interpersonal relationships. Always involving the artists’ close friends and family, the photographs present scenarios filled with quiet tension and cultivate an exchange between the models’ actual relationships and their performed roles.