Isle Royale Fisheries
"The shores of Lake Superior are scattered with the remains of decaying fish-camps, littered with the large wooden spools once used for the drying of nets, with their crumbling saunas, and the cribbing for docks that winter storms have smashed to bits. Abandoned work boats are left pulled up on shore where dry-rot and porcupines hasten their return to the elements. These artifacts - the decomposing vestiges of family fisheries - speak of the absent people once intimate with these shores, people who understood the elements and made their livelihoods from this land and water. Any evidence of their lives has been almost completely obliterated, except for these elegant remains - somehow made richly beautiful by the heartbreak they evoke. They are the abandoned relics of futile attempts to live an honorable life in the face of insurmountable economic adversity.
About the Artist
Ladislav R. Hanka lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and exhibits internationally. He is an artist working largely with themes of natural history – the birds and trees, fish and insects — as co-habitants rather than resource. He’s published two books: In Pursuit of Birds; a Foray with Field Glasses and Sketchbook and The Crooked Tree Prints, which examines the Eastern Woodlands Indian practice of deforming trees to mark trail ways and council sites – published in English and the native Aneshnaabemowin.
Last updated: January 5, 2020