Vertebrae placed by natural order, each of them facing the viewer, offering a different view 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 long-finned pilot whale was found dead, drifting into Húsavík's harbour (Iceland) in January 2016. As part of a residency with the Whale Museum, the whale was defleshed and the bones cleaned, a process which imposed research on anatomy, and learning about preparing and preserving specimens.
This piece was a part of the solo show C-E-T-A-C-E-A, at the Húsavík Whale Museum, Iceland
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