Abby L Zito

“Photos wont show the actual size of your epic Alaskan catch, but a gyotaku fish print will! Japanese fishermen began printing their fish as a way to record the size and type of their daily catch. I began printing Kuskokwim fish after seeign how tied to the river and fish the people of this region are. The fish are their food, entertainment, and livelihood. Each print is one of a kind depending on my interpretation of the fish, weather, season, and mood. I fish the Kuskokwim and Aniak rivers near the Native Village of Aniak in remote Western Alaska and use ater soluble paint so I can wash and fry the fish after I paint them. I paint directly on the fish and then rub or ‘print’ a mirror image onto paper.”