About this piece:
The migration of salmon from freshwater rivers where they are born, to the ocean, and back again to the rivers where they spawn and die is one of the natural cycles intrinsic to life in Alaska. The salmon’s roundtrip journey is long, fraught with danger, and physically arduous. As a fly fisherwoman, I observe fleeting moments of this journey – how sunlight, river currents, and rock formations mingle with the salmons’ silvery bodies as they’re driven to swim up upriver. This book captures those moments, translated into collaged and stitched imagery that combines various papers with salmon skin harvested from my own adventures of fishing the wild rivers of Alaska.
salmon skin, paper, thread
About the artist:
Margo Klass is a mixed media artist from Fairbanks, Alaska, whose work includes artist books and box constructions. She exhibits her work widely in solo and group shows throughout the state and beyond and is represented in the collections of Alaskan museums, national parks, and in private collections. She is recipient of grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska State Council for the Arts and was recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Individual Artist Award.