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Illustration

Biyan Qian

Biyan Qian is not an artist, illustrator or designer, but the daughter of her mother Mrs Ying. Right now, she is struggling to face a furious storm from her mother and the outside world.


Degree Details

School of Communication

Illustration

My practice focuses on my own family issues to point towards wider social phenomena. I am interested in how different personality types are formed in society and influence the dynamics of our personal relationships. Projects often start by recording a conversation between myself and my mother with this material forming the basis for drawn or moving-image works.  

In my final work for the MA, I explore different opinions on marriage within the family and the strict requirements that have been stipulated for my future husband. The project is based on the way my mother and I get along with each other, using recordings of conversations to explore why she has such strong opinions about a future husband. The work combines a documentary approach to audio recording with imaginative, hand-drawn imagery. The animation emphasises our contrasting personalities to humorously tell a story that has more serious social implications. 

My Life Your Dream (full film) — Biyan Qian

My Life Your Dream is an animation about the relationship between a daughter and her mother. It portrays their contrasting personalities and explores issues around their different opinions toward marriage.

Directed and animated by Biyan Qian

Sound by Biyan Qian

Music by Lei Ying (the mother in the animation)

In Collaboration with:

Lei Ying (the mother in the animation)

Special Thanks to:

Richard Bevan

Lei Ying

Jiahao Dong

Yuchang Lin

Medium:

Video

Size:

06:31 mins
My angry mom 01
My angry mom 01
My angry mom 02
My angry mom 02
The way I rebel against my mom 01
The way I rebel against my mom 01
The way I rebel against my mom 02
The way I rebel against my mom 02
Freedom!!!
Freedom!!!
Freedom???
Freedom???
Fish under control
Fish under control
Dolls in my room
Dolls in my room