Friday, 26 January 2007

The piece of cod that surpasseth understanding

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery (in NW Victoria) has an exhibition on the Murray cod, Australia's largest freshwater fish. Among the items on display is printmaker Rhyll Plant's magnificent woodcut portrait of it. Cod Piece is a life-size image printed from six rounds of Huon pine.

Rhyll is fond of visual puns—fishy or otherwise—and all sorts of word plays. This is her garish garfish. What's particularly pleasing about her works is that they're not only funny but also accurate. (Although I'm a bit suspicious about the colours on the garfish ...)

I've already blogged about her works before in Wooden art and Doing her block. Check 'em out if you're into art, printmaking and/or squid. (Note that links in those posts connect to one another.)

The Murray Cod exhibition closes on 31st January ... or February 4th (depending on which source you check.) Either way, I'd better go soon. I will report back.


budak said...

Never seen such colours on marine/estuarine gars, but freshwater relatives (Hemirhamphodon sp.) can be quite pretty.

Anonymous said...

Most fish colours fade as soon as the circulation stops.
Those who get their main sight of fish at the market miss out on most of those colours.

A post on the interaction of the primary skin pigments (many in the body fluids) with irridescence in scales to produce those garish hues may be your penalty for disbelief.
And it would make a matching colourful pair with your post on colour in modified avian scales - sorry no time to find the link today.

Just saying :-)

Shorty CreeKI said...

Hello darky ... now I am going to have to find something about what you allude to, that an amateur can understand.

I think of how often as a child I caught something, only to realise later that its beauty left with its freedom ... thanks for reminding me about that and, more particularly, for the clues for searching about it.

Snail said...

Great idea for a post, darky. Mind you, I'm pretty sure Rhyll was going for the visual pun rather than the real iridescence of a garfish.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful art :)

Son of Nel said...

A visual pun indeed - no doubt - and quite a good one. Not the sort of colours a pelagic planktivorous fish would want to be when you think about it (unless you are toxic - and they ain't!) Too many sharp-toothed Scomberomorids to advertise your fleshy delights.