Gyotaku is the process of creating prints from fish that I have speared/caught. By covering them with non-toxic ink and pressing fabric over them, I can lift the print from the fish itself! I began the process of Gyotaku in order to produce an aesthetic art piece that respectfully memorialises the life of the animal I harvested for my consumption. I discovered that I was not merely memorialising a catch, but a whole experience. These print represents more than just a fish, but the invaluable memories that came with it. After catching the fish and the joy that comes with the experience of being in the sea, I merge my passion for fishing with my other great passion – fine art. I love the process of making these prints almost as much as I love the experience of catching the fish. The cherry on top is the meal I get to share with my loved ones after the process is complete.
This Panga was caught off Mossel Bay, South Africa. These deep-dwelling seabreams spawn all year round, making them a sustainable food option. Interestingly, they are capable of changing sex due to the presence of both male and female reproduction organs.
Their beautiful scales and large eyes made them interesting to print, while their soft white meat made for a delicious dinner!