The Water Keeps What Is Lost

The Water Keeps What Is Lost, 2020
Woodblock print
Image: 12 by 9 Inches, Paper: 14 by 11 Inches
Edition of 28 and 10 proofs
Edition sold out, unframed proofs available for $125


Fishing was an integral part of growing up in Maine. My uncle and I would take his boat out on the river, float downstream, and cast along the shore. I lost my tackle many times during these excursions. If I broke a line or lost a lure, I’d tie another and keep casting.

I never gave much consideration to these lost items. Maybe I thought time would bury my plastic lines, bobbers, and lures. But eventually, I learned the water keeps what is lost. The detritus from fishing twenty years ago is out there somewhere. The thought is simply mind boggling.

I was inspired to make this illustration of Maine’s own Cassie – The Casco Bay Sea Serpent in response to systemic plastic pollution. It is a reminder that animals, real or imagined, suffer under the burden of wastefulness. We must take action to protect the environment and ourselves from an ongoing ecological crisis.

Proceeds from the sale of this work will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

This image was created at the invitation of Reinaldo-Gil Zambrano and Manuel Guerra for SGCI Puertografico 2020.