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Fish #54 Greater Argentine Argentina silus ~ Deborah Neville
Collage on watercolour paper 30 x 21 cm
It has a pointed nose, deeply forked tail, and slender, compressed body, but it has much larger eyes than either smelt or capelin, a character no doubt associated with its deep-water home; its mouth is much smaller, not gaping back even as far as the eye; and its dorsal fin stands wholly in front of the ventrals, instead of above them as it does in both the smelt and the capelin. It is thought to swim in schools close to the seabed. It feeds on small fish and planktonic invertebrates, including squids and amphipods. It spawns from April to July. Growth is slow. It is used fresh or in fish meal production. It is considered to be underutilized.
Etymology: Argentina: Latin, argentus = silver
Environment: Depth range 140-1440m, usually 150-550m. Deep-water; 80°N-42°N, 71°W-31°E.
Distribution: Eastern Atlantic: Svalbard to west coasts of Scotland and Ireland deeper parts of North Sea and across the Wayville Thomson ridge to Denmark Strait. Western Atlantic: Davis Strait to George's Bank in Canada. Arctic Ocean: east to Finnmark, Norway, Barents Sea.
Biography: Deborah Neville studied Fine Art at Coventry University and Goldsmiths College, University of London. She went on to teach art as well as continuing her own practice, which has included public sculpture commissions and residencies with schools. After a hiatus to care for her parents and husband, Deborah is building her practice again and has recently been working on an installation about plastic in the Ocean.
I am so excited about this exhibition because the state of the Oceans is very dear to my heart. "With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea." - Dr. Sylvia Earle
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