NewsNovember 28, 2019

Soneva to welcome renowned sculptor Scott Chaseling at its Art & Glass Studio

Soneva Fushi will welcome cross-medium sculptor Scott Chaseling for an exclusive artistic residency between December 1 to 22.

With a collection displayed in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including Japan’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Germany’s Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Chaseling’s work examines the notions of mobility, transition, and liminality – the ‘non-place’, positioned at the threshold between things.

During his Soneva residency, Chaseling will be creating his unique and thought-provoking works of art from recycled glass bottles – with these one-of-a-kind pieces available for guests to purchase.

A multi-award-winning artist, Scott Chaseling’s career spans two decades and has been inspired in part by his own nomadic existence – born in Australia, he has lived and worked as an artist in Germany, France, Japan, and the US. While his earlier works focused on this personal narrative, Chaseling’s later collections have examined the environment and the impact of materials. His recent work has drawn upon his travels on the Camino de Santiago and kayaking the River Murray, where he made sculptures from the detritus he collected along the way. His many accolades include the 2017 Hindmarsh Glass Prize, the 2004 Ranamok Glass Prize, and the 2002 Bavarian State Prize Gold Medal.

Located at Soneva Fushi, Soneva’s world-leading resort in the Baa Atoll, the Soneva Art and Glass Studio opened in August 2015 and is the Maldives’ first and only hot glass studio. Hosting some of the world’s top glass artists, guests can watch the experts in action, commission custom artworks or even have a go at learning the age-old art of glassblowing for themselves to create a masterpiece with the experienced glass-working team.

An estimated five tonnes of glass waste is produced in the Baa Atoll alone each month, with resorts typically crushing waste bottles and selling this on to recycling companies or, worse, dumping the waste directly into the sea.