My current work with gyotaku looks at human relationships with fish from cultural, symbolic and ecological perspectives.

Gyotaku is the traditional method of printing fish, originating from Japan in the 1800's. It was a method for recording a fisher's catch. My aim is to approach the gyotaku in a sustainable and respectful manner. Using non-toxic ink the fish is printed on traditional Japanese rice paper or cotton. In some instances the fish is cleaned after printing and prepared to be eaten. In other cases I have chosen to print invasive species. I have modified a selection of gyotaku to canvas with the intent of creating variation and immediacy through composition.

As a unique method of recording fish and marine species, gyotaku allows for a direct connection with the species that is not available through photography or painting. It is ephemeral because that connection through printing touches the very life and death of a species. In a sense gyotaku could represent life and death and then life again as the print brings the species to life. 


I primarily work with gyotaku because it fits well with my interest in printmaking and my interest in nature. I am attracted to the hands on connection with various species of plant and fish, there's such variety of form and texture. I also appreciate that there is minimal equipment required and respect that the work is always a collaboration.

Each gyotaku is a reflection on our human connection with nature. They are a reminder that we share the planet with all living species and that as humans we have a responsibility in recognizing the value of the natural world. It is my my intention that these works honour that life and its habitat. 


1993 - 1998

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary)

1991 - 1992

Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology

Art Fundamentals 

Art Education- Public and Private


2012 - 2018         

Art Specialist, The Booker School, Port Williams NS

2006 - 2019         

Private Workshops and Lessons, Private Art Studio

2008 - 2013         

Art Instruction, Wolfville Recreation Department

Art Instruction, Port Williams Elementary School       

Art Workshops for Children, Wolfville Farmers Market

Art Instruction for Camps and High School Development Workshops, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Summer Art Program Development, Kentville Farmers Market

Art Workshops, Horton High School

 'Art and Nature' Summer Camp Development, Acadia University

Art Workshops, Acadia's Grow with Art Program


Director of Programs Community Outreach and Galleries, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   

Gallery Exhibitions and Installations


Object Histoires: Eyelevel Printed Matter Exhibition, Various Locations in NS

2007 - 2019

Annual Acadia Art Exhibition, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

2020, 2019

PreShrunk Exhibition, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax NS


Sustainability Installation with Students, Noggins Corner Farm Market, Greenwich NS


Apples - Exterior Installation with Students, The Noodle Guy, Port Williams NS



Between the Pages; The Artists's Book, Corridor Gallery, Halifax NS

Small Large: Experiments with Scale - Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Mosaic, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville NS

Journey, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canning NS


The Secret, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax NS

New Faces, Nova Scotia Art Sales and Rental, Halifax NS



A Gathering of Visions - Recent Works by Nova Scotia Printmakers, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

Prints 2002 - A Benefit for the Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Self Portrait Exchange Portfolio - Honolulu Printmakers and the Hui No'eauHonolulu Academy of Arts - Honolulu, Hawaii

September 11 Memorial Portfolio - The American Print Alliance, Online and Travelling Exhibition



Impressions - Honolulu Printmakers Annual Open Studio, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Show 2000 - Canadian Artists Living in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan



Responses, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax NS

Press Gang Show, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Printorama - Printmaker's Exhibition with Dan O'Neil and Bob Rogers, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 1, Halifax NS

A13 + Foundry Group Exhibition with Dennis Gill, Cumberland County Museum, Cumberland NS



From Clay to Silver - Foundry Exhibition with Catherine Ross, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS



Printorama - Printmaker's Exhibition with Ed Porter and Bob Rogers, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Solo Exhibitions, Installations & Collections


Experiments with Gyotaku, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax NS



5000 Apples - Outdoor Installation, Community Park, Berwick NS

Evolution of Pattern, Charles MacDonald House Museum, Centerville NS



Prints, Hardbean Café and Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland



Recent Prints, Heaven's Door Café Gallery, Toyko, Japan



Outdoor Installation and Performance, Setegaya Park, Tokyo, Japan



Print Collage Series, Jazz Café Gallery, Halifax NS

Print Collage Series, Trident Café, Halifax NS

Nature Reflected, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Artwork represented by Teichert Gallery, Halifax NS / Harvest Gallery Wolfville, NS

Artwork in Private Collections - Canada, USA, Europe, Japan

 © 2020 Rachel Reeve Art

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