‘Carite after the La Brea Oil Spill in 2013.’ Kavir Mootoo, 2014. Linocut print on 15″x15″ acid-free paper. (First-cut (1/3)). Framed 21 1/2″ x 21 1/2″.
In December 2013, a large oil spill off the coast of La Brea in Trinidad caused a massive kill of marine life and birds. I grew up eating fish, including carite, that was caught in these waters but I stopped after the spill because I wasn’t sure about the health of the fish anymore. In this piece, I imagine a changing carite – its shape changed from long and linear to round, its tail falling off and its future as a super-predator that will eat people, trees, houses and birds.
This is the first cut – it had the basics – a carite that had become a different shape, its tail falling off, its underbelly falling off. I ran 3 prints of this before I worked on it more to become what is shown in the 2nd photo.
This print and another on larger paper are available. These are the last 2 prints of this – the third one was sold.
A few one-off T-shirts were printed with the final linoblock. The last available one is shown – organic cotton, unisex medium T-shirt – US$54 (TT$360).
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