paper dolls

Taking paper dolls to a higher level

Taking paper dolls to a higher level

Early Morning Life : Paper cutout animation from S A R A N yen P A N Y A on Vimeo.

“There was a time,” artist Saran Yenpanya explains, “when I mistakenly believed that my parents were well-off, but pretended to be otherwise in hoping that I would grow up modestly… In truth they are quite poor. Plus, I turned out to be a snob.” This somewhat startling revelation and confession is at the heart of Yenpanya’s short animation about a stuck-up, middle-class boy telling the story of how he was shocked to discover the extreme poverty of his parents’ childhood in rural Thailand. “Early Morning Life” is a critique of the classism that exists not only in families but on a national level in Thailand as well.