Listening to the Lost: Mella Shaw at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mella Shaw, from 'Sounding Line'
Mella Shaw, from 'Sounding Line'

Title:
Mella Shaw: Sounding Line

Times:
Daily, 11:00 - 17:00

From: 1 Dec 2023

To: 25 Feb 2024

Venue:
Summerhall
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH9 1PL

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Now showing at Edinburgh’s Summerhall is a display by artist Mella Shaw, who uses clay to make thought-provoking objects and site-specific works around environmental themes of balance, tipping points, fragility and loss – addressing the devastating effect of marine sonar on whales and other cetaceans in particular. On learning about the mass beachings of whales on Scottish islands, she created an installation of ceramic sculptures inspired by the shape of the tiny inner ear bones of the beaked whale. The sculptures were recently awarded the highest UK prize of its kind, the British Ceramics Biennial Award.

Sounding Line is one of a series of displays – Form – opening as part of Summerhall’s programme of contemporary female sculptors (see below).

Camila Ospina Gaitán, from 'An Uncanny Feeling That She Was Being Watched'
Camila Ospina Gaitán, ‘An Uncanny Feeling That She Was Being Watched’
Rowan Walker, from 'Foreign Objects' copy
Rowan Walker, ‘Foreign Objects’
Yumiko Ono, 'Composition IV'
Yumiko Ono, ‘Composition IV’
Emma Hislop, from 'What Is Left Behind'
Emma Hislop, ‘What Is Left Behind’

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