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.
This fish was printed in the indirect method. Silk is glued to the real fish and ink is dabbed onto the silk using silk and raw cotton tampos, creating an Impression (rubbing, print) of the fish. It is a very time consuming process but achieves the highest level of detail from the fish.
This fish was caught by Ange Harcelrode on the Chesapeake Bay. It was a fat fall fish.
Original is sold.
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