Threads Across the Sea
From: 01/06/2012 To: 27/07/2012 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Scottish Fisheries Museum : St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
Phone: 01333 310628
International artists Keiko Mukaide and Jeanette Sendler have created thought provoking site-specific installations in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Open : Mon – Sat : 10 – 5.30, Sun : 11 – 5
In recognition of the fishing communities, both artists have created their own personal responses, based around the museum’s 1903 herring drifter Research. The works symbolize the power of nature and the links that bind fisherfolk around the globe.
Keiko has chosen to use origami crane – a symbol of peace and healing, in the creation of her installation People from both Scotland and Japan were involved in making 1,500 paper boats and 3,000 cranes which will be strung across the hull of the Research, symbolizing the bonds of friendship that extend across the oceans.
Jeanette has worked partly with monofilament yarn, chosen to resemble nylon fishing net twine, to create mermaid’s tails – in Japanese legend, the mermaid is associated with earthquakes. The theme of connection is also emphasized – when a mermaid comes ashore, she leaves her tail “skin” hidden amongst the rocks – it is her link back to her life in the sea.
The exhibition will also feature a display about the effects of the Tsunami and the artists are hoping that visitors will be inspired to make a donation to support the victims. Visitors will also be able to add their own origami boat to the installation, and there will be artist-led workshops over the summer.
The workshops Fri. 6th July 1-3pm
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