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Sounding through Touch

Sounding through Touch

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen

Gallery 4
Opening 06.03.19 6-8pm
Artist Talks 28.03.19 6-7pm

The works in Sounding through Touch were made within a historical mining tunnel in Golden Gully in Hill End, New South Wales. They articulate a bodily engagement with a site of cultural and historical significance to explore how embodied listening can extend drawing as a process of finding emplacement. Through an installation of sonic gestures bounced off the tunnel walls, video documentation of performative responses to environmental sounds, and paper remnants from these interactions, these works resonate with Chen’s bodily specificities and movements in place.

Originally home to the Wiradyuri people, Golden Gully was drastically shaped by Chinese and European miners during the nineteenth century, and epitomised in dominant Australian culture by the painter Russell Drysdale in 1949. This exhibition explores how a female contemporary artist practicing between cultures can innovate traditional methodology and materials to find a space for individual expression.

The artist acknowledges the Wiradyuri people, who are the traditional owners and custodians of the land in which these artworks were made, and pays her respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. The sounds and soil of their country resonate within and mark the artworks in this exhibition.

The artist would like to thank Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders, and Gunhigal Mayiny Wiradyuri Dyilang Enterprises; in particular Uncle Brian, Aunty Leanna, Uncle Bill and Yanhadarrambal, for their cultural guidance and generous support of this exhibition.

Sounding through Touch - Ochre’ is a sound feedback drawing made using the ochre, gravel and unique acoustics of a mining tunnel in Golden Gully of Hill End, N.S.W. 


Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen is a Sydney based artist who uses experimental drawing and sound practice to explore processes of embodied listening. Her drawing practice examines circumstantial experience and searches for the dynamic line of sound which has no form. She explores how perceptual engagement engenders connection and uses drawing to enact her unfolding relationships with places. As the recipient of the University Postgraduate Award, Chen is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in Art, Design and Media at the University of New South Wales Art and Design.

With work held in private and public collections, Chen has exhibited in Australia and China in solo, group and finalist prize exhibitions. In December 2018, Chen held a solo exhibition and undertook an artist residency at Ningbo Museum of Art, China. In 2017, Chen was selected to exhibit in Beijing's Today Art Museum as a part of Art Nova 100. She was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize in 2015 and a finalist for the 61st Blake Prize in 2012. Chen has also undertaken artist residencies at Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan and in Hill End, through Bathurst Regional Gallery.

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Image 1 Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Sounding through Touch Paper Remnants, 2018, ochre, soil and ink on Wenzhou paper, dimensions variable.

Image 2 Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Sounding through Touch - Movements, 2018, three channel video and sound, 8 minutes.  

Image 3 Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Binaural Sound Study - Golden Gully, 2018, ochre and soil on watercolour paper, H92 x W101cm.