Azza Zein

PhD Economics
MFA Fine Arts  


I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I work, and live, the Boonwurung, and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

VCA Artspace, University of Melbourne March 2019
Mixed Media: Shell inlay, cowrie shells, textile, silk thread, oil painting, pine wood, soil, hibiscus, gold acrylic, dryer’s lint.

Photo Credit: Matthew Stanton

“The temporality of the taskscape is social, then, not because society provides an external frame against which particular tasks find independent measure, but because people, in the performance of their tasks, also attend to one another”

Tim Ingold, The Temporality of the landscape, 1993

This is a work part of my MFA project at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. My practice-led research explores how gestures and material encounter can comment on the dematerialization of the economy. Borrowing the term Taskscape from the anthropologist Tim Ingold, the installation work examines concepts of value through the domestication of nature and the materiality of domestic space. Using a process of material correspondence and performance, the work comments on abstraction, standardization, and the invisibility of domestic labour.