Everest Shark

Everest Shark

Cast Shark, Meadow Arts Commission 2013

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, The Elmley Foundation and Culture Ireland 


Everest Shark is on show at Turner Contemporary, Margate, as part of an important solo exhibition of Dorothy Cross’s work from 5 October 2013 – 5 January 2014

In the church lies a strange stranding: an enigmatic shark whose dorsal fin has mutated into the Himalayan mountain range.

Following a residency last summer, Dorothy Cross has chosen to reposition Croft in the context of planetary time. In geological terms the area around Croft is highly significant in the discovery of the Silurean period; 420 million years ago the first plants emerged on land while the first fish with jaws and teeth appeared: the Croft area holds the evidence of how the first shark-like predators developed.

In terms of our planet's 'final' shape, Mount Everest rose to be the highest mountain peak 60 million years ago, while other mountains, like the gentle hills we see from the terrace, were broken and eroded.

The Everest Shark stands as a reminder of geological time that we so often overlook in favour of human time.

Dorothy Cross

Dorothy Cross was born in Cork and represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. She came to widespread attention when she began a series of works featuring cow skins and cow udders. In her art she amalgamates found and constructed objects. These assemblages invariably have the effect of reinvigorating the lives of everyday things; sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing, always intellectually stimulating and physically arresting. She has used different mediums such as sculpture, photography and video.

The traces of time’s passing are at the centre of Dorothy Cross’ work.  She has looked at zoology and the interaction of man as a species with other animal species. Recently she has been interested in theories of evolution; she researched rare and important species on various travels including in the Galapagos. She is also preoccupied by geology and minerals as an expression of millennia.