Ate Salmon

Serigraph

Ate Salmon, Maynard Johnny Jr., Serigraph on paper, 2005, 15.24 cm x 55.25 cm

“This print represents a time when my mother’s family lost their fishing jobs because there were no fish. It’s a political statement in the form of a pun; we used to eat salmon but now the supply is depleted. The salmon not only represented jobs but was also our main food supply.”

– Maynard Johnny Jr.

The artist gave this image the title Ate Salmon. How many salmon are there in this picture? What is he trying to tell us?

Notice the connected mouths of the salmon. Why are they like that?

Are all of the salmon identical? Do you notice a ‘mirror’ effect?

Why did the artist choose to make this image elongated?