Ashley Van Etten
Though one of my favorite objects, the thought of chopping off the nose of a sawfish, for just that, is a horrifying reality. I'm sure my parents picked it up as a souvenir back in the 60's on one of their trips to the islands. As kids we were fascinated with it, would wield it around as a weapon and spent hours running our fingers over the sharp teeth, which are actually dermal denticles, a type of scale. The Smalltooth Sawfish is on the IUCN Red List for critically endangered species and has been on the US Endangered Species list since 2003.
I love the graphic nature of the nose and by blending two colors of ink, charcoal and beige, every print is unique. The image area is approximately 20"wide x 4"high. Print is sold unframed.
Many years ago my parents brought back the nose of a smalltooth sawfish as a souvenir from a vacation to the islands. Though the thought of harvesting for the tourist trade horrifies me now, the sawfish nose remains a curiosity, with it's sharp toothy denticles and flat, long surface.
Printed on slubby grey linen in charcoal-colored ink. Pillow measures 12 x 24 inches and has a synthetic down insert.
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