Duncan Berry. Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Print Making
Astoria Visual Arts, Astoria, OR - Feb 8 – Mar 7
Duncan Berry’s monoprints are taken directly from fi sh, birds and plants from the Northwest coastline. In Japan in the 1800s, such prints were made with sumi ink and washi paper. Gyotaku originated so fishermen could record their catches, but it has also become an art form of its own. Inspired by the tradition of 14th-century naturalists in Europe and 18th-century court artists in Japan, Berry’s images take the viewer on a journey from 5,000 feet down in the Pacific Trench to kelp beds near shore to the cliff side nests of shorebirds.