This elegant matte card measures 5.5" x 8.5" and is a reprint of artist Joe McAuliffe's original artwork.
About the piece: A skeleton is all that is left of a bass buried in the garden after filleting it. Parts not eaten were returned to the living earth, buried in the rich, dark, garden soil. The soil is part of Mother Nature's womb where new ilfe is created and nurtured. Through nature's alchemy, the buried, decayed remains of a fish are reborn as peas, radishes, carrots and other fresh vegetables.
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.