Bombshell cello

Photo by Liron Zisser

This Cello is made from a bombshell, cut and welded into the shape of a conventional Western cello. Bought in the bazaar of Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan-Iraqi, the shell is transformed from a military object into an art object. The shell cello is a deconstruction of the symbols of culture and violence. The form had a cultural power and indeed legalised a material that is illegal to import. Through the form of a cello, the shell material has been brought from Kurdistan/Iraq to the UK, which would otherwise have not been possible, which demonstrates how society conforms to the power of the form of cello without asking questions.

This cello outwardly looks like a cello, with all its details of shape, but it does not play like a cello. My practice on this cello requires special techniques to deal with this new materiality. From this point my relationship with the instrument has been dramatically changed. For example, it is not possible to hold the instrument in the traditional way, and use of the  traditional cello playing.