Blue Rockfish Spirit
EXHIBITION:Scott Jensen: Facing the Coast
Although I have seen carvings representing the sculpin, I have not seen any carvings identified as rockfish. I have always been intrigued with the combination of armor and weapon that is part of their natural form. They have a heavily armored mouth and a protruding lower lip.
This mask is an anthropomorphized rockfish. It was a common practice to portray spirit helpers in a human/animal combination. At the lower corners of the mask are the pelvic fins. In the real fish the tail would be oriented the other way, in line with the fish’s body. To make it more like a headdress decoration I turned it so it is seen fanned out when viewed from the front.