Feed me Please 2019
Chrysanthemum Tree, 23.5ct gold leaf, 45cm x 30cm x 65cm
Test Experiment III 2019
Plaster, 23.5ct gold leaf, 100cm x 120cm
Sweet and Sour II 2019
Lamb stomach, balloons, wood, 67cm x 35cm x 20cm
Traces I 2019 | Traces II 2019
Mushroom, pig’s caul fat on paper, 90cm x 68 cm | Mushroom, pig’s caul fat on paper, 90cm x 68cm
Traces V 2019
Mushroom on paper, 90cm x 68cm
Sweet and Sour I 2019
Lamb stomach, balloons, wood, 62x48x32cm
Luxelakes A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China
2019 A4 Artist in Residence
International Exchange Programme Exhibition
28 December 2019 - 23 February 2020
Hadzi-Vasileva’s interests in unusual materials and designs, both contemporary and historic as sources for pattern making, included looking at the amazing different foods, their colours and flavours. She spent 3 months as Artist in Residence investigating the local environment in Chengdu; exploring the food markets and selecting unusual materials used as source to produce all the tests and artworks shown in this exhibition. The materials range from various local mushrooms, lamb stomachs, pigs’ caul fat, and rabbit bones to stucco drawing and gilding on walls.
She explored using particular skins/bones (derived from animal or vegetable products) that are preserved and treated but also allowing the environment to make an effect and change the artwork in the space over time. For example: The mushrooms left to decompose; through this process the maggots breed and move in a controlled space; creating delicate traces on the paper.
Hadzi-Vasileva’s interest in landscape and trees, particularly on disease, and the challenges of preserving those dying species; has given the creation to Feed me Please, which is included in this exhibition and developed as a prototype/model for a larger Ginkgo tree. The pattern is inspired by the feeding support systems provided and used around Luxelakes, Chengdu.