The motif in this picture is the "Mebaru", or Japanese rockfish. The artist caught one while fishing at Tobishima Island, an isolated island off Yamagata prefrecture. Mebaru "目張" literally means "swollen eye". Japanese people believe it is a good omen.
The moss-green rockfish in the top-right is printed from the back. The lower fish in red is printed from the front of the paper. The background print is a traditional Japanese pattern called "Seikaiha".
The paper is hand-made and so thin it is almost transparent. The transparent paper and printing on both sides gives the picture a unique perspective of distance between the fish.
Using Japanese traditional paper, "miyamawashi" 「深山和紙」, made from mulberry bark fibre, and still manufactured by hand in Shirataka city, Yamagata prefecture.
The pictures were made on a patterned paper using a traditional Japanese dyeing and weaving technique, known as "kata-e-zuri"「型絵刷り.」
size:19.5 x 19.5 cm
NB: this work will take up to 2 months to complete.