Our first Ràmh Island Artist Support recipient is Mhairi Killin. Mhairi has been supported to undertake a residency at Grinneabhat on the Isle of Lewis, building on her previous project, On Sonorous Seas.
“I am a visual artist from Iona working with the precious relationships between land, sea, humans, and other living beings. For this project, I will travel to Bragar with the whale skull that was part of 2022 On Sonorous Seas exhibition and install it at Grinneabhat for the duration of the residency. This whale came ashore at Bragar at the same time as a whale washed up on Iona; 2 of 118 carcasses washed ashore during a few weeks in autumn 2018 - an event which slowly revealed itself as an entangled story of the cryptic environments of the whales and the military. It seems fitting to bring the Bragar whale ‘home’, not least because of the village’s long association with whales but also as a powerful, totemic object.
Its presence may hold a space at Grinneabhat, reflecting the ethos of the centre by welcoming people in to share conversations around the whale, about the whale, of the whale whilst allowing me to extend the On Sonorous Seas project outwards into the community.” - Mhairi Killin