The Wish of the Witness

Elpida was the first ‘artist-in-restaurant’ at Pied à Terre, Michelin-starred restaurant in London. Her solo exhibition The Wish of the Witness was the culmination of the 8 month residency (2011).

The Wish of the Witness incorporated 10 sculptural and installation works made primarily using raw materials sourced from the restaurant’s kitchen. These included: quail carcasses and wishbones, scallop skirts and corals, sheep testicles, fish skins and bones. Elpida carefully cleaned and preserved these unlikely materials, transforming them into new, beautiful sculptural forms. The objects in the exhibition sought to position themselves somewhere between the beautiful and the brutal, through a process of ‘recomposing decomposition’.

The Wish of the Witness was the result of in-depth research and close collaboration with the chefs; it was heavily influenced by the restaurant’s daily routines and changing menus.

Supporting organisations:
  • South Lodge – head chef Matt Gillan
  • Pied à Terre – head chef Marcus Eaves
  • Images: Sean Gibson
  • Pied à Terre
  • Artist in Restaurant