Megan (Megotaku) was our May 2013 Guest Artist.
Megotaku Artist Statement:
Fish prints are a direct transfer of the mystery and beauty of life in the sea to the permanence of art. They showcase a recognizable, full scale-by-scale transfer of the fish. Each has its own story that represents a find from the deep, carefully crafted and preserved. Vibrant acrylics enhance the natural colors of the fins, gills and scales. The eye of the fish is carefully hand-painted onto the print after the transfer is complete.
About the Art:
Gyotaku (ghee-o-tah-ku) Gyotaku [“Gyo” meaning fish, and “Taku” meaning rubbing or impression] is a traditional form of fish printing. The ancient Japanese art stems from the early 1800’s when fisherman would cover a fish with ink, traditionally black sumi ink, and press delicate rice paper onto it. They would then rub the fish through the paper, making sure every inch was absorbed. When the rice paper was removed, the exact mirror image of the fish would remain. This was done to record the size and the type of fish that they caught. It also brought credibility to the “fish tales” they told. Today, Gyotaku is considered a fine art itself.
You may see more of Megan's work or contact her through her website.