''Double Happiness'' Card
This elegant matte card measures 5.5" x 8.5" and is a reprint of artist Joe McAuliffe's original artwork.
About the piece: In Chinese culture, a pair of carp symbolizes abundance, harmony, and marital happiness. Red symbolizes happiness and good gortune. The large red symbol beneath the fish is shuang xi, or “double happiness” and is used to wish newlyweds a long and happy marriage. The four black characters superimposed on shuang xi read “fu, lu, shou, xi” and express “good fortune, prosperity, longevity, and jubilation.” This piece also celebrates couples who have been happily married for a long time.
FISH OUT OF WATER exhibit
Now - January 4, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Daily
Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall
Join artist Joe McAuliffe and the Desert Botanical Garden as we celebrate the water that sustains present-day societies in Arizona. With gyotaku impressions of fish from local canals, rivers, lakes and ponds, Dr. McAuliffe uses this ancient Japanese technique to tell stories that reflect his interest in natural history and conservation, and the relationships of fish and human culture.
In addition to the pursuit of this art form, McAuliffe is a research ecologist and director of research at the Desert Botanical Garden. Before he began working in desert environments in the 1980s, his research and publications included studies of aquatic life, including fish, amphibians, turtles and insects.