Time and Tide Bell ~ #200Fish

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

#200Fish is a community project to create works of art based on each of the species of fish found in the North Sea

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Fish #31 Shagreen Ray Leucoraja fullonica ~ Rachel Davies

Mosaic. Smalti and glass on hand formed substrate 37 x 46 cm

Fish #31 Shagreen Ray Leucoraja fullonica ~ Kenneth Hayden

Acrylic 31 x 41 cm

Shagreen Ray at Sea Floor, 2018

Fish #31 Shagreen Ray Leucoraja fullonica ~ Kenneth Hayden

Acrylic on wood, 26.6 x 20 x 1.5 cm

Shagreen Ray

Proving to be an elusive creature judging by the limited imagery available on the Internet and it's favored habitat of deep, cold waters, I've done an interpretation of the Shagreen Ray, (aka, shagreen skate, fuller's ray, or leucoraja fullonica) as a cross between a creature swimming in a future algae-laden murk, thanks to global warming, while also giving a nod to it's most popular use as skin which is dried, dyed and tooled for covering a variety of decorative objects for the use of humans.

Leucoraja fullonica is actually a species of skate in the family Rajidae. According to Wikipedia, the shagreen ray can be "found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from Murmansk, Russia through Norway, southern Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the Celtic Sea, the northern North Sea and Skagerrak, to northern Morocco, including (infrequently) the western Mediterranean Sea and the Madeira Islands. It is absent from the shallow waters off England and Wales. This species occurs in relatively cold water on the upper continental slopes at a depth of 30-550 m. It is most common at depths of 200 m, but is found deeper in southern areas. It favors sandy and possibly also rocky habitats. The shagreen ray feeds on a variety of benthic animals, mainly fishes but also crustaceans."

About my image: the paper I've painted is heavy with layers of acrylic paint with has been sanded down, repainted sanded and the process repeated several times to give it an otherworldly surface and tactility.

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