This work with all its adornment is the culmination of the evolution of the basic form presented in Three Piece Fish. This elemental form now, however, is contained in the extravagantly striped dorsal and ventral head fins of the Egyptian Tigerfish. The rest of this fish’s features, natural glamour and color arise only after long periods of evolution.
When completed this work haunted me with notions of King Tut and his death mask’s alternating gold and lapis lazuli stripes. I thought,
“Well, maybe I hit upon some revered, piscine form that the Egyptians embraced . . . maybe this is the kind of ornamental fish they would bury in the tombs of pharaohs to supply them in the afterlife.” A little research showed this was likely not the case. Maybe there were no fish in the tombs because the pharaohs did have their beloved cats with them!
This work is heavy stainless steel plate coated with gold leaf and lapis lazuli oil paint. At least the stainless would hold up if it were buried for thousands of years!