Artist’s Statement

    Jenny Irish

 

I have watched an artist take the long soft line

of a dead eel’s many-boned, sibilant-shape, 

submerge it in ink and slap its wet and 

blackened belly or wet and blackened back

against a canvas to leave behind a vague dark mark:

the stamp of the corpse to evoke the living thing. 

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Jenny Irish is from Maine and lives in Arizona. She is the author of the collections Common Ancestor and I Am Faithful.