Exhibition by young sculptor to go on show at maritime museum

16 August 2012

Artwork inspired by the women who worked in the North-east's herring industry during the 19th century will go on show on Friday 17 August at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

Rachel Grant, a young local sculptor, who is a recent graduate of Gray's School of Art, will exhibit work from her recent degree show.

Inspired by the women that worked in the region's herring industry in the 19th century, Rachel used fish bones to create an 8ft wall installation, evoking the hard labour of women who worked in the fishing industry over the centuries.

In describing her work, Rachel said: "I value working with labour intensive methods and with materials that demand care and attention. As I repeatedly de-boned mass volumes of fish my appreciation of this type of work began even before applying the bones to any artistic context. "

Meredith Greiling, curator, at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, said: "Rachel's work is so intriguing; from a distance the bones look like fine feathers and it's only on closer examination that you can make out the different shapes made by the fish bones. The effort and repetition of labour required to create this work echoes the back-breaking drudgery of the women processing fish in the 19th century."

Staff at D Nicoll Fishmongers, Rosemount Place, Aberdeen provided the fish that Rachel used for her artwork.

Next month [September 2012] Rachel will be Graduate in Residence for Sculpture at Gray's School of Art and is working on the 'RSA New Contemporaries' show at the Royal Scottish Academy in April 2013.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 24 November 2012.