Sea Glass is known to be a symbol for healing and renewal. We may believe that we are not valued, or feel damaged and hopeless like a piece of broken glass. Over a period of years, glass discarded in the sea is smoothed, it’s rough edges softened and it becomes something of beauty which is eventually picked up on a beach and admired. A metaphor for transformation and renewal of life.
To create this sculpture, I asked the general public to harvest their local shorelines for this beautiful seaglass, (also known as mermaid’s tears,) with pieces being sent from all around Scotland and overseas. I chose to call the design “Arista,” which is the name of one of Ariel’s sisters in “The Little Mermaid,” and means “Harvest” in Latin.
Shelagh Swanson is a full time artist now based in rural Caithness. Originally trained as a painter at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Shelagh discovered a passion for glass at North Lands Creative, a centre of Excellence in Glassmaking. She now creates bold and expressive artworks to commission and for exhibition across both mediums. Recent clients include The Silver Darling Restaurant, the David Welch Winter Gardens, Haddo House and Vattenfall Europe.