Mella Shaw: HARVEST

Sat 16 Mar - Fri 24 May 2019
An Tobar Gallery

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Mella Shaw
Sat 16 March - Fri 24 May

Artist Mella Shaw works with clay to make thought-provoking objects and site-specific installations. Her powerful but delicate work explores weighty themes of fragility and loss.

Underpinned by a background in anthropology, museums and the study of material culture. Her practice is centred on reoccurring themes of balance, tipping points, thresholds and edges.

Since graduating with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013, Shaw has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, with solo shows in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Stockholm. In 2015 she was selected as part of the ‘AWARD’ exhibition, representing the best of British making, at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent.

Her installation HARVEST focuses on the environmental tipping point of plastic pollution in the oceans and seas. This work is an installation made entirely from clay (press-molded, slip-cast and smoke-fired) that addresses the global issue of plastic pollution in the oceans. It is a response to the following terrifying statistics: 

Each year 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally.

Plastic became a mainstream material only about 70 years ago but most of the plastic made then still exists as it is estimated that it will take 500 years for it to decompose.

1 million plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute.

Unless something changes drastically, by 2050 there will be a greater weight of plastic in the ocean than fish.

HARVEST was first shown at Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery 2018 and at Custom Lane in Leith, Edinburgh.

Photo ©Sophie Mutevelian