This series of work took part in two stages. First, work was produced on research conducted in Northern Europe mythology related to sea serpents. Later on, more work was produced based on a very localised point of research, north east Iceland.
1- Using seaweed as a material to create sea serpents from collected tales, this work was inspired by museum displays of specimens and artefacts. Introducing hints of sea folktales, the aim was to blur the line between natural history and anthropology by giving visual substance to myths through creation of objects in a scientific context. This body of work was shown at the Manchester Metropolitan University, the Northumbria University, Newcastle, and at the Bath Fringe Festival.
2- Residency and exhibition in Skaftfell, Iceland.
Cryptozoology is the search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated.
Research was done during the residency surrounding the myth of the lagarfljót serpent, or worm, inhabiting a lake in the eastern part of Iceland. Local literature, oral stories and artefacts illustrate the narrative of a dangerous creature which humans have tried to capture for centuries.
The installation displayed various artefacts borrowed from the East Iceland Heritage Museum mixed with fake artefacts produced during the residency.
A part of the exhibition has a shop created by Sam Rees in response to the broader research of cryptozoology, and a corner was dedicated to a small reading area where visitors could browse through the research done by both artists.