During 1989, when this sculptor was made, an oil tanker called the Exxon Valdez, spilled approximately 23 million gallons of oil into the Prince William Sound, devastating the local ecosystem, which included salmon, seal, seabirds and otters. This was followed by a series of protests against sea drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Davis’ work was probably inspired by this, and combining his radical stances from Arte Povera and his skills from Environmental Art, he created his Spotted Fish. The bituminous paint, which covers the fish, is very oil like, thick and heavy, and dark in colour and made from petroleum. It represents the oil that devastated the region. The twigs, which form a sort of cage on the inside of the fish show that it is hurt, and trapped, and shows the destruction that humans inflict on our surrounding environment.
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