Sai-Wai Foo – ‘Have You Eaten?’ at Bendigo Art Gallery

In News September 4, 2022

Image above: installation view of ‘Have You Eaten?’, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 2021. Image by Greg Piper, courtesy of The Australian Ceramics Association.

Sai-Wai Foo will be exhibiting new mixed-media works as part of Have You Eaten? at Bendigo Art Gallery. For this collaborative exhibition, Foo has worked with ceramicist Vipoo Srivilasa to create a series of works celebrating food, friendship, and cultural identity. Delicate, hand-painted porcelain and textile sculptures explore the central place of food in diasporic communities as a source of nourishment, pleasure and connection.

“Food is such a huge part of the migrant experience. As a migrant you are so far from your cultural home. It ties into identity, family, home, and comfort. It’s also about celebration, and caregiving.

That’s how the title of this body of work came about. In Asian culture we don’t ask how you are, we ask you have you eaten? Then we proceed to feed you.” —  Sai-Wai Foo, interview with Bendigo Times.

Australian Galleries is also delighted to announce that Sai-Wai Foo will be showing new work in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, taking place in Melbourne from 25 October – 12 November 2022.

For more information, please email or call 03 9417 4303.

Sai-Wai Foo and Vipoo Srivilasa, “Spring Roll”, “Dumpling”, & “Satay”, textile soft sculptures on hand-painted porcelain vessels, 2020. Photo: Simon Strong.

Have You Eaten?
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550
10 September – 13 November 2022

Launch and artist talk with Sai-Wai Foo and Vipoo Srivilasa
3pm, Saturday 10 September 2022.