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 "Future Studies" framed with recycled materials, under UV protective Plexiglas, and ready to hang.

"Future Studies" framed with recycled materials, under UV protective Plexiglas, and ready to hang.

 Detail of the 3-D qualities "Future Studies"

Detail of the 3-D qualities "Future Studies"

“Future Studies…” are mixed-media, relief sculptures of hand-cut and formed paper fishes. The main material of these of paper sculptures are laser printed geographical maps on archival paper. The work relies on the visual metaphor: "a map is in the guts of a fish" -- specifically Lampris guttatus (Moon Fish). There is a strange juxtaposition of something very large (geography) being contained inside a much smaller thing (a fish’s body).  How can the world fit inside a fish?

"There is no directed fishery for Opah; the fish is caught incidentally on long lines for tunas and billfish in Hawaii and American Samoa". (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/species/opah.htm)

Moon Fish (Opah) may become a viable alternative food source for humans, as other populations are overfished.