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Island Fishing

‘Island Fishing’ is a video loop created from digitally composited stop-motion animation. It uses kirigami (cut and glue origami) to manipulate depictions of human bodies as represented in printed tourist magazines distributed across Honolulu. The narrative depicts a moment from the myth of Maui as he hauls up the islands of Hawai?i. Maui’s magic hook is baited with a wing from Hina’s favorite bird, the ?alae, and cast deep into the ocean where it is caught by the reef and pulls up the Islands. The interplay of materials and narrative explores an aesthetic commodification of Hawai?i through the lens of modern tourism and cultural advertisement, and the impact this has on the representation and identity of the Islands.

Ritson Chris