MARINA REES

 
 
 
 
 

A long-finned pilot whale was found dead in Northern Iceland during a residency at the Húsavík Whale Museum. The whale was defleshed and the bones cleaned with the help of the local community and advice from experts. Its cause of death remains unknown.

Skin and Bones is an installation in which the vertebrae are placed by natural order, each of them facing the viewer, offering a different perspective from which the public is used to see skeletons in museums. The individual bone is seen as an object on its own, different from the next one, yet forming a harmonious evolution as a series.
Each vertebra is paired with pieces of baked sea water, sea salt, and ink on paper. A sample of the sea was taken (at the exact spot where the pilot whale was found) in which to submerge the paper, then baked in an oven with added sea salt and ink. With the heat, the sea water and salt form a crystallised landscape reminiscent of the sea floor, or the whale skin.

This intimate encounter of the whale and its anatomy led to the creation of this installation as well as the video piece 'Osseous Landscapes'. Skin and Bones was a part of the solo show C-E-T-A-C-E-A, at the Húsavík Whale Museum, Iceland.



Marina and the Whale from BATCHEDIT on Vimeo.