The artist proving that beauty is on the inside – literally

You would be forgiven for forgetting that you are stepping into a tunnel of fat as you enter ‘Making Beauty’, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s exhibition at the Djanogly Gallery in Nottingham. Sheets of pig’s caul fat (the thin membrane that surrounds the animal’s stomach) hang from the ceiling, yet the artist’s site-specific installation Fragility (2015) is a far cry from a butcher’s shop. The artist has stretched the fat out, so that it drapes as delicately as lace or cobwebs. Remnants of blood and the intricate patterns produced organically by the pig’s blood vessels are reminders of the material’s fleshy origins, but its translucency also gives it an ethereal quality.

Installation view of Haruspex
 (2015), Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva. Courtesy Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva and Djanogly Gallery. Photo: Nick Dunmur

Installation view of Haruspex
 (2015), Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva. Courtesy Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva and Djanogly Gallery. Photo: Nick Dunmur

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