Tuesday, August 09, 2011
In Newfoundland you can't simply go out and randomly catch an ocean fish, you have to wait til the government sets the Recreational Food Fishery sets a date for a few weeks a year to fish. The dates in 2011 are July 24 - August 14th withs another couple of weeks later in September/October.
So with the chance of some fresh cod for the freezer, a trip out in a boat was taken. Not by me I might add. I don't do small boats on the ocean unless the big one has sunk and I have no other choice. Some cod were caught for the freezer and I obtained my small printing cod to play with. I haven't done a lot with cod, as they're difficult to come by. It sounds strange saying that, as cod was the staple of everything Newfoundland for so long and is what drew many countries to the shores. People find gyotaku a strange thing and the concept of sacrificing a fresh cod to use for printing is almost sacrilege.
I did a half dozen prints of this cod before I popped it into the freezer for another day. I don't find them wonderful fish to print with. They're a bit soft fleshed and the skin tends to wrinkle easily, making it difficult to get a strong image. The fish I used was about 14 inches long and I printed it on several different papers to find a suitable print. I still have to add eyes and decide if I'll take it further or not with colour. I may try one of the prints as a wax batik and see how that turns out.