The “icons” use antique maps, stones, hand forged iron nails, layered images of the compass rose and historic photos to memorialize the loss of the cod fishery in Newfoundland in a way that is nostalgic but also poses questions to the viewer. How did it happen? What can we do?
Through a poetic evocation of that loss I hope to spark the questioning in a way that straight polemic can never achieve. The actual image of the cod is not romantic; it is a rather ugly fish but juxtaposing it with the traditional gold ground celebrating divinity of the icon format does raise some questions about the value of natural resources.
The use and loss of resources is global but our loss is huge and we must bear it in mourning and hope for renewal.
even if it is a little one.
with straked planks and a small prow,
the galleon and the clipper ship.
All vessels live in her,
in an eddy.
and give to that which has too much
Janet Read 2006