Found Art: Fish Story
How one kayak fisherman is using the Japanese art of fish printing to create pretty fish prints.
In the mid-19th century, Japanese fishermen documented a catch by inking one side of the fish and stamping it onto rice paper. Dubbed gyotaku, the process has become an art formâ€”one thatâ€™s hooked Joe Higgins, a kayak fisherman. Higgins, who is also the creative director at Rattle Advertising in Beverly, often enhances his images with watercolorsâ€”and in the case of this black sea bass, superimposed a scan of the original inking onto a chart of Buzzards Bay, where the fish was caught. â€śUsually, the uglier the fish, the prettier the print,â€ť he says.
Original gyotaku prints, $300â€“$1,200; Joeâ€™s Fresh Fish Prints, Artists Row, 24 New Derby St., Salem, fishedimpressions.com.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/10/gyotaku-japanese-art-fish-printing/