Yu-Chen Wang lecture – 23 November 2016


Yu-Chen Wang portrait by her husband Andrew, for a show in Taiwan

Talented Taiwanese artist with a global profile and career.   Her practice has few boundaries and crosses, sculpture, drawing, film, installations, story telling and writing. She is both a catalyst and artist.

Her lecture took us through her first solo show in Taiwan which was on the subject of looking back to the past.  She carefully, curated the space and show with a series of events, talks and workshops spread across the exhibition.



The left side shows the area reserved for talks, workshops and events the right side exhibited the work with a long shelf housing a mix of items on memory.  One of the events included a breakfast club.



Enjoys creating sculptural forms that work with drawings such as this A form.  Carefully, lit to create shadows as part of the work. Will often use the architecture or forms within a space as part of a work… for example a radiator.



A mix of found metal, mechanical shavings and charcoal drawings.


Currently on a drawing residency at the Drawing room:

Yu-Chen Wang was born in Taichung, Taiwan and lives and works in London, UK.  She studied at Goldsmiths College and completed and MA Chelsea College of Art and Design.

The work of Yu-Chen Wang asks fundamental questions about human identity at a key point in history, where eco-systems and techno-systems have become inextricably intertwined. At the same time, her Taiwanese origins, combined with a London-based career, have created a vision that is personal and autobiographical. Wang’s central practice is drawing, allowing her to explore and meditate on mechanical and biological forms, and the ways in which their bodily borderlines blur and mutate. From these extemporisations, she then finds collaborative routes that take her work into the realms of fictional text, provoking the subsequent production of sculptural installation, performance, music, and film, in various combinations. When audiences encounter her work, they are not only encountering her art, but also entering her fictional narratives. The nature of these fictions frequently reaches back to the first great age of machines in the 19th century, but also asks audiences to stretch their imaginations forward to the furthest limits of current technology and planetary over-heating. Wang is an artist for the future, with her feet planted in the present, on ground that covers relics from the past.



Lecture notes to follow: