8 Bottle is a year-long project centring around growing bottle-gourds, a cultivated vegetable with a history going back thousands of years. The piece is inspired by the rediscovery of a dried bottle-gourd, that was present in the house as I grew up, yet knew little about. It resurfaced recently, when my parents were in the process of selling their house. The gourd had been given to our family by my uncle, a feng-shui master, to protect us from evil spirits by sucking them into the gourd.

Commissioned by Wysing Arts Centre, 8 Bottle is an exercise in negotiating land use, the joy of gardening, and the relationship between my culture and the local community.

Alastair is a Wysing 2024/2025 Residency programme artist

© Alastair Kwan 2023