What’s for Dinner?
Fabric covered archival board-assemblage: collage, handmade book covers, with toy car wheels.
16″ x 30½” x 2″
Natural oak finished wood.
17¼” x 31¾” x 3¾”
RESERVED FOR DONATION OR AUCTION
WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
We have with impunity taken from our oceans bountiful amounts and types of fish. We have succeeded doing this with the use of spears, nets, rods & reels, harpoons, etc. We have employed rafts, dugouts, rowing boats, sailing ships, steam and fossil fueled powered factory ships, etc. Over the centuries we have taken our daily catches with the belief fish were plentiful and we had reign over taking all the oceans could provide.
This practice is well portrayed in Peter Bruegel’s 1556 drawing and subsequent engraving title implies “… big fish eat the small.” 1. William Shakespeare’s 1608 play of Pericles refrains how “… the great ones eat up the little ones” inferring allegorically how whales can consume mouthfuls at a time.
The cumulative consequence of these actions today leaves our oceans with chemical & trash pollutants, increasing acidification, the scarcity and extinction of species, ruined or compromised fishing grounds, a warming ocean, acoustic interference, etc.
The assemblage artwork “Daily Catch” illustrates 19th century sailing vessels heading home after successful catches of fish. The relative sizes of the four fishes emerging out of the sea reflects over time the increasing scarcity of fish in our oceans. The wheels reflect the industrial scale of fish being brought to market for our daily needs, what’s for dinner!
Image: From a drawing by P. Bruegel “Big Fish Eat Little Fish,” & engraved by P. Heyden, 1557.