Gyotaku (Japanese 魚拓, from gyo "fish" (say “joe”) + taku "rubbing") is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. It is believed that fishermen used the prints to record their catches to enable competition between remote fishing campsites. It has become an art form of its own. Paint or Ink is applied directly to a fresh fish and Impressions (prints, rubbings) are made. Much like Batik, imperfections are a part of the process.
Snakehead fish – the latest fish on the Chesapeake Bay. The snakehead spawn several times a year. They both keep watch on the group of fry (hence fry ball.) The patterns on the skin are unique. This was a real challenge to print. It was done by the indirect method (using a special paste to adhere silk to the fish and then using a dabber with ink on it to achieve the impression.) Almost every scale was individually printed. The silk fish were cut out and glued (using special glue) onto paper that Nancy hand dyed. This was all pasted on stretched canvas. The fry ball was achieved by gluing over 100 individual fish in the center. Art size: 24”x20”
THIS is an ORIGINAL mounted on stretched canvas $1950.
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