Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, who is representing Macedonia at the Venice Biennale in 2013, has exhibited across the UK and worked in other heritage sites including Gloucester Cathedral. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2001 and recently won the Alexandra Rienhardt Memorial Award (Engage & Middlesborough Institute of Modern Arts) in 2013.
Hadzi-Vasileva utilises natural materials, mineral, vegetable and animal in origin, often working with these materials in the places where they are found or used, and/or reworking these materials in physically repetitive ways, for specific sites or relocating the works to gallery settings. At Mottisfont, Hadzi-Vasileva is collaborating with members of the Gardens and Countryside teams to create a stunning installation in the beech circle in the gardens. This will involve relocating a number of fallen trees from the wider estate to the gardens to give them new life as an element of a large scale sculpture within the beech circle. The work will celebrate the beauty of the living trees as well as the cycle of growth and decay by utilising fallen trees which would otherwise break down and disappear unnoticed.
Hadzi-Vasileva’s work is concerned with creating a careful balance between the beautiful and the brutal and she aims to create work that challenges and inspires the viewer as well as resonating with the surroundings.
The National Trust are giving free access at Mottisfont to view the work during the exhibition period. You will need to present a free entry vouche 91 kBr 91 kB, which is also available in the artSOUTH Guide. Please note if you want to visit the House as part of your trip to Mottisfont, it closes on Sunday 3 November. The work will still be accessible throughout the exhibition period.
Images 1, 2, 3 courtesy of Phil Smith, Image 4 courtesy National Trust