Selkies

 

Selkie Pod.jpg
Selkie Pod.jpg

Cast glass seals and woman figurine

Depths & Shallows.jpg
Depths & Shallows.jpg

Mirrored Selkie.jpg
Mirrored Selkie.jpg

Linen and cotton embroideries 2014

Selkie Pod.jpg
Selkie Pod.jpg

Cast glass seals and woman figurine

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The works for this exhibition revolve around tales of the Selkie, a folkloric shapeshifter. A seal in the sea, the Selkie sheds its skin to become human on the land. For me, the Selkie's coat is the symbolic core of the myth. It signifies change. It is the evidence of both being and becoming. But the Selkie never sheds its skin entirely or forever. The past, present and future is held within it.

 

There are many Selkie stories, you may have heard ‘the Great Silkie of Sule Skerry’. The tale known as the ‘Selkie Bride’ is the one that has most captured my interest.