Trump, Putin & Jong-un meet moth larvae at Sarah Vaci’s exhibition at Artizan Gallery
Sarah Vaci explores themes of power in 'Pest and The Profound' in her debut exhibition at Artizan Gallery, Torquay from the 25-31 July. This contemporary artist is feeding portraits of the worlds most notorious politicians to moth larvae. To digest this concept, we met up with Sarah to find out more. Watch the interview 👆
After starting her career in film and animation, Sarah Vaci took a somewhat sideways step into the world of wool pet portraits. Whilst this work was beautiful and technically wondrous, it left Sarah unfulfilled and led her down a path of creating more contemporary felt works and in particular - The Rooster - a wool portrait of President Donald Trump, subverting an icon of masculine power through the delicate use of wool and parody. It is this type of work exploring the themes of power, transformation, gender and politics that has her hooked.
The Pest and Profound exhibition at Artizan Gallery, Torquay, features three wool portraits of powerful world leaders - Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong-un - cased and joined by the fibre nemeses - the humble moth larvae. Around 20 larvae are in the double-sided frames at Artizan Gallery, which will be on display from the 25-31 July.
These little pests will, very slowly, eat away at the portraits and leave tiny holes, as Sarah explores how something so small can make such a difference. Sarah will also be showcasing pieces around the theme of mental health, photography, and a nude self-portrait.
The art works are technically stunning and at first you think it is a painted portrait until you stop, stare and take in the tiny fibres that make up each piece. There’s just seven days to see this unique exhibition, so make sure you by-pass into Artizan Gallery, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. You won’t have seen anything like this before!
Pest and the Profound is free to see at Artizan Gallery. The doors open Thursday 25 July and closes on Wednesday 31 July. Go see this, just 7 days to take a look!! For more information visit the Artizan Gallery website: https://www.art-hub.co.uk/pest19