Vanessa Billy

11 October – 21 December 2014

Exhibitions City Dome

For her exhibition in the City Dome at Collective, Swiss artist Vanessa Billy presented a body of recent sculptural works. Vanessa’s works consider the social and industrial exploitation of natural resources. Often combining different everyday transient materials and found objects such as vitamin pills, light bulbs water, sump oil, Vaseline or rocks, alongside traditional art materials such as bronze, glass and resin, her installations expose the complex and contradictory relationship our society, driven by innovation and scientific research, has towards the environment.

Vanessa incorporates a wide variety of forms and materials into her works, from mass-produced industrial goods at the end of their production cycle to hand modelled objects and forms cast in bronze. This combination of different everyday transient materials and found objects is central to her approach. Batteries and vitamin pills were suspended in poured resin, a smoking oil drum, and a glass and straw ladder were some of the elements that came together in Vanessa’s installation at Collective. These works expose the complex and contradictory relationship our society (driven by innovation and scientific research) has towards the environment.

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Supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom.

This is an archived programme entry.

2 Elisa Giardina Papa U Scantu A Disorderly Tale 2022 Video and ceramic installation Still frame from video Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Tanja Wagner

Exhibition launch | "U Scantu": A Disorderly Tale


29 Feb 2024

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Elisa Giardina Papa
"U Scantu": A Disorderly Tale


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