Yu-Chen Wang (TW/UK)


I wish to communicate with you, 2017

Drawing on paper, flag, iPad and website. Dimensions variable.


Yu-Chen Wang’s central practice is narrative-led drawing. Her visual stories blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, nature and culture, past and future.

I wish to communicate with you maps the different sites and technologies relating to the old Liverpool and Bidston Observatories, linking them to their current legacies such as the National Oceanographic Centre at Liverpool University. Wang’s unique style of drawing renders a network of places, communities, and instruments as a vast evolving assemblage. Flags, installed by the artist at FACT and atop the Bidston Lighthouse and Bidston Observatory, depict her own designs for reworking traditional semaphore signals for the 21st century.


Wang’s flags echo the 18th century merchant’s signalling system used to mark the arrival of their vessels, reawakening Bidston’s 200 year history as a site of flag-based communication. Local lore tells of sailors’ wives watching for the hoisting of flags, to mark when their loved ones might return safely home.

Courtesy of the artist. A new commission for FACT supported by Ministry of Culture (Taiwan) and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Wang will also be in residency at Metal, Edge Hill, for two months during the exhibition, developing an accompanying film project which will be screened at FACT, and delivering observational drawing workshops at FACT. This is the premiere of the work.