Paintings explore reduction techniques to comment on the sudden decline of fish and affected livelihoods in the fishing industry in the United States. Memories and connections of growing up in a fishing family fueled this project which involved interviewing fisher people in tight-knit communities along the east coast of the US. While also research-based and empirical, the installation ultimately depended on direct observation in the form of drawings, photographs, and paintings performed on fishing docks and small boats.
This series of photographs was taken in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands and focuses on commercial and sport fishers and their own physical movements. Fisher people are documented performing demanding physical labor including navigating boats, regulating fishing rods, collecting and setting out traps, and hauling their catch. The restricted spaces to work and the constant rocking of the boat complimented a gestural approach to photographing moving bodies and creating an intimate portrait of a closely tied community of fishers.
This series of oil painting plays out a fictional departure by Sebastian Junger within the true-life account novel, The Perfect Storm, of a tragic ship wreck caused by freak weather between Nova Scotia and the United States. My father, a life-long deep sea fishing captain, is included in the narrative in the event of a rogue wave crashing through the cockpit.