Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

Process diary

Edward Hobbs

Killara High School

Artwork title
Scrimshaw
HSC year
2007
ARTEXPRESS year
2008
Expressive form
Ceramics
Artist’s statement

Scrimshaw explores ideas of man’s relationship with the seas and creatures of the deep, and issues of man’s over-exploration and cruelty towards them. Scrimshaw, a folk art often made by anonymous artists, tells the stories of seamen’s experiences in maritime history and show the dangers and fragility of life on the seas for ships, sailors and sea creatures alike. The fine, delicately thin, translucent, white porcelain boats represent the seafarers and their craft, the ‘teeth’, the fragile tusks and bones of sea creatures washed and worn by the oceans, providing the blank canvas on which their stories are told.