Gyotaku by Liz van den Berg

My passion for Gyotaku stems from its ability to merge the worlds of art and nature, and its power to communicate the beauty and diversity of aquatic life. Through Gyotaku, I aim to showcase the intricacy and complexity of marine ecosystems, and highlight the importance of preserving them for future generations.

Creating Gyotaku requires both precision and spontaneity, as I work quickly to capture the impression of the fish before it begins to deteriorate. This process demands patience, focus, and a deep understanding of the fish's anatomy and behavior. By immersing myself in this art form, I have developed a profound appreciation for the natural world and its ability to inspire us in unexpected ways.

Ultimately, my goal as a Gyotaku artist is to create art that not only captures the beauty of aquatic life, but also raises awareness of environmental issues and inspires viewers to take action. Through my art, I hope to foster a greater sense of connection to the natural world and encourage people to become stewards of the planet.       

In addition to Gyotaku, I am also inspired by the Japanese concept of mono no aware, which emphasizes the impermanence and transience of all things. Through my art, I seek to explore the delicate balance between the enduring beauty of nature and the fleeting nature of life itself.

By combining the technique of Gyotaku with the philosophy of mono no aware, I aim to create art that is both aesthetically beautiful and emotionally resonant. Through my mono prints, I hope to convey a sense of reverence and gratitude for the natural world, and to inspire others to appreciate the fleeting moments of beauty in their own lives.

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