michimiwog

Christy DeHoog Johnson's avatar Christy DeHoog Johnson

I am an abstract painter inspired by stories. The story of Michimiwog (the legend of Big Fish) is the inspiration for this year's Artprize piece. The ancient legend tells of a giant flat fish that lived in the Grand River, disguising itself among the rocks and sand of the river bottom. One year the local inhabitants took advantage of the river's bounty and harvested too many fish from the water, more than they could eat. The Great Fish became angry and swallowed two young girls who played along the banks. When the girls were returned, they had been transformed into half fish, half human creatures. They were destined to stay in the river as a reminder to the people to treat the great river with respect. thank you to the Michimiwog Society for its support and access to archives http://michimiwogsociety.wix.com/michimiwogsociety More examples of my work can be viewed at www.lafontsee.us

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: mixed media
  • Width: 96 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 72 inches