Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva produces works which are carefully balanced between the beautiful and the brutal (this can be paradoxical), and between transcendent and abject. She aims to make work that challenges and inspires the viewer and resonates with the surroundings. She usually uses locally significant or sourced materials, following personal and in-depth research responding to the physical site and utilising forms of repetition and manipulation, she chooses to use both scale and surprise to challenge the viewer to see the locality (and the world) differently.
Elpida presented a major new commission Haruspex, in the Pavilion of the Holy See at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2015. Commissioned by Micol Forti Haruspex responds to the theme of the Pavilion of the Holy See, In the Beginning...the Word became Flesh, while being further inspired by Van Eyck's The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. An essay on Elpida's work by Professor Ben Quash is included in the catalogue.
Her large scale installation, Fragility, for the regency church/gallery, Fabrica, Brighton was also a significant presentation in 2015.
Her work is also featured in a major article by Robert Preece in the April 2014 edition of the American Sculpture Magazine: "....magical, disturbing and richly layered works with an aesthetic resonance." See: www.sculpture.org
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva's ambitious and critically celebrated installation Silentio Pathologia for the Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia, was shown during the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, curated by the National Gallery of Macedonia. Silentio Pathologia, and also funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
For further images of Silentio Pathologia please visit theartistsagency flicr page here.
Elpida has an ongoing working partnership with with Dr Richard Day and Professor Alastair Forbes at University College Hostpital.
Her major exhibition Making Beauty included reconfigurations of Haruspex and Fragility, at Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham and her smaller sculptures featured in a solo show at Danielle Arnoud Gallery, London, in January 2017.
In 2019 Elpida was commissioned by Lakeside Arts, The University of Nottingham, for new sculptures for the university grounds. She produced Eurydice Prevails, new gilded inverted trees continuing her interest in the hidden. She's used two dead Elm trees sourced from the university grounds, and gilded them with patterns from Elm bark Beatles, before preserving them with the Japanese process of Yakisugi.
She's recently completed a residency at A4 Art Museum in Chengdu China. She is currently developing a site specific work for the Museum, and sharing her experiences events in museums and galleries as well as one-to-one mentoring of other artists through an R&D project grant from Arts Council England.
www.hopemade.art is a new website which makes Elpida’s work available for purchase, in particular smaller sculptures and prints appropriate for private domestic settings as well as museum or corporate collections.
Elpida is currently raising funds for the Gilded Tree in Brighton. Please consider contributing to the JustGiving campaign.