Fine-art Giclée print on Canson Aquarelle 310gsm museum-grade archival paper
18 x 24 Inches Limited Edition of 50
Printed with ♥ by Static Medium
Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery
With “The Figurehead”, I wanted to illustrate some of the driving forces behind the destructive practices in the commercial fishing industry, particularly overconsumption and overfishing. Soon after taking on this print design challenge with PangeaSeed Foundation, an image of this beast of a fishing vessel, trawling through the ocean like an opulent colonial ship, forced its way into my sketches. This is the kind of ship that historically brought with it a similar entitlement to, and reckless depletion of, precious resources.
Of course at the head of any serious vessel was the figurehead, a sculptural embodiment of the ship’s purpose. In this sense, although a real solution to the problem of overfishing will require the help of international policymakers, we as consumers are the ones strapped to the prow. We wield the collective symbolic power that is embedded in our consumption choices. We need to try our best not to disassociate from the source of our food, like the indifferent maiden at the front of this vessel, and be especially conscious that if at all, we are eating seafood that is non-threatened or sustainably farmed or harvested.
- Doras -
Doras is a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, muralist, and director based in Montréal, QC. He has been working as an artist for a decade and painting murals since 2017. His work draws from his background in narrative illustration, rendered in a style that focuses heavily on the scale, contour, and color relationships.
His love of precious objects and dream logic is prevalent in his images, where he often mixes historical ornament and iconography with the language of contemporary fantasy. His large-scale pieces draw from his background in illustration, featuring objects, scenes, and characters that might easily have been ripped from the pages of a book.