Redfish Waters, Redfish Dreams – University of Arkansas, Little Rock

This 1996 exhibit was my first installation addressing the disappearance of the Redfish Lake sockeye salmon. I began with meetings in Little Rock, looking for environmental issues to local area to deal with. After visiting Redfish Lake earlier that summer, I learned about the one lonely sockeye that returned. The gallery space is long and it said "river" to me. So the salmon issue came out in Arkansas. There were 200 plywood cutouts of sockeye ranging in size from 2 ft. to 8 ft. all suspended from the 25 ft. ceiling. All were swimming upstream and painted white, except one that was painted red.