Susan Young

I use my autoethnographic animation practice to metabolize and bear witness to symptoms and intrusive memories arising from personal experiences of psychological trauma.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Young spent many years directing animated commercials, films and promos for clients including Levis, Classic FM, Island Records, David Byrne and The United Nations, for which she received multiple international advertising awards and a BAFTA nomination. She is currently completing a practice-based PhD at the Royal College of Art, where she is exploring how autoethnographic animation can be used to process psychological trauma.

Young was motivated to begin this research after experiencing an attempted murder by her ex-husband and subsequent abusive mental health treatment, after which she developed symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Her use of autoethnographic animation as a methodology allows Young to relate her experiences to wider socio-cultural-political issues, such as the epistemic injustice experienced within relationships involving domestic violence and the abuse of psychiatric power. In her practice she explores these events through stop-frame animation of objects including medication, blood, light, medical and legal documents and her own body, which enables her to metabolize, rescript, process and bear witness to the related traumas.

Available Videos to watch
Susan Young
Expt.2: The Betrayal / 05:40 / 2015 ▶
Susan Young
Expt.1: It Started with a Murder / 02:50 / 2013 ▶
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