Hilsa’ ইলিশ, five-layer screen print.
Hilsa are a kind of small fish, and the national fish of Bangladesh. This print was inspired by a collaborative project with Hridita Anisha in Bangladesh, funded by Tara Theatre and British Arts Council. Through this collaboration, I’ve become accustomed to bright, bold use of colour in Bangladesh, and have been massively inspired by their far-reaching folklore and folk art. This print loosely relates to other stories (like the fact that fisher-people in the Sundarbans may recite a protective verse before heading into the forests, to protect themselves from tiger attacks). As well as this, I’ve incorporated some details in the borders that I noticed on traditional kantha pieces (hand-stitched quilts, famous in Bangladesh).
Measures 420 x 297 mm, edition of 20.

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