A visual arts and science engagement project by India based artist and researcher Sonia Mehra Chawla, researching the North Sea and its coastal and marine ecosystems. This body of work is a contribution to our empathetic understanding of the oceans, their significance as an ecosystem, their vitality and ability to support and sustain all life, and the role they play to enable the movement of humans and non-humans and their poetic reflections in contemporary culture.
This project is the result of a three-year project research and residency project facilitated by Edinburgh Printmakers, and supported by Marine Scotland, Prof. Colin Moffat, Creative Scotland and ASCUS Art & Science. The artist has undertaken intensive artist residencies at Marine Laboratory of the Scottish Government in Aberdeen, Edinburgh Printmakers, and ASCUS Laboratory in Edinburgh in 2019.
This multi-media exhibition has further been informed by the artists’ field visits to Aberdeen, Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Stonehaven on the northeast coast of Scotland. In addition, Mehra Chawla has conducted research at nature reserves, conservation sites, and protected natural habitats in Aberdeenshire, as well as the intertidal zones of the Firth of Forth, and the estuary or firth of several Scottish rivers including the River Forth, which flows into the North Sea.
Working at the intersection of art, science, and technology, and exploring entanglements of ecology, industry, culture, politics and aesthetics, this body of work comprises new commissions in print, along with videos, ‘living’ systems, archival scientific materials, and historical objects.
The exhibition is presented as part of Edinburgh Science Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival 2021. It is available as a digital preview from 25 June, and is due to open in person at Castle Mills on 30 July (TBC).
HEADER IMAGE: Sonia Mehra Chawla, Drifters & Wanderers: Plankton Chronicles, 2019-20
FEATURED IMAGE: Sonia Mehra Chawla, The Afterlives, Rising into Ruin I, 2019