Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Marc O'Brien (Doras) The Figurehead Art Print Release

PangeaSeed Foundation are so excited to announce the latest print release for their 2020 print project, In Peril: A Visual Story of Our Ocean's Greatest Challenges
"The Figurehead" by supporting ARTivist Marc Obrien - Doras (Canada), this limited art print edition highlights the impacts of over fishing. Unfortunately, fisheries and aquaculture are wreaking havoc on the world's oceans. On a global scale, we have enough fishing capacity to cover at least four Earth-like planets.

In just over half a century, humans have managed to wipe out 90 percent of the ocean’s top predators. These are animals like sharks, bluefin tuna, swordfish, marlin, and king mackerel.

Artist: Doras (Canada)
Title: “The Figurehead”
Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches
Pricing: $75 USD
Edition size: 50 plus 5 APs
Printed on Canson Aquarelle 310gsm archival paper with one-inch border numbered by the artist
Printed by the good people of Static Medium (USA)

Release date: Thursday, September 17 at 12pm PST via

Artist Statement:
"With “The Figurehead”, I wanted to illustrate some of the driving forces behind the destructive practices in the commercial fishing industry, particularly over consumption and over fishing. 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 over fishing 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.

A huge thank you to the PangeaSeed Foundation team for the trust and encouragement and to the wizards at Static Medium for such a gorgeous job on the print!" - Doras

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