Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: Menpachi Gyotaku Lamp
Medium: Original acrylic and Prismacolors on rice paper + archival glue to create shade
Size: Height of lamp: 15.5"; size of shade: 6" x 6" x 6"
Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese style of fish printing where each original piece of art is taken right from the fish. Kristin applies acrylic paint to the actual fish then presses rice paper onto the specimen to receive the paint. She then adds in details! Each fish is eaten or used for bait afterwards.
Lamp: This is a special functional work of art by Lāna`i artist Kristin Belew from an original gyotaku piece. She mounted the original gyotaku rice-paper print onto a second set of rice paper with natural grass inclusions. She then wrapped the two fused pieces around the frame of the shade with an archival glue mixture - papier mache style. A one-of-a-kind treasure!
Gyotaku: Menpachi are an important and delicious food for many people in Hawaii. The word, Menpachi, is actually the Japanese name used for most soldierfish here in Hawaii. The Hawaiian name u`u is not as commonly used. This species is the Brick Soldierfish Myripristis amaena. These fish congregate under ledges, in caves and other dark places during the day. At night they come out to swim freely and feed.
Photo on left shows Menpachi gyotaku lamp. Photo with two gyotaku lamps lit up: Menpachi in foreground