For his Tributary series, Rath wishes to convey a potent visual impact of salmon spawning, reflecting their importance in our lives – in natural and cultural spheres. Playing with the push/pull of positive and negative shapes, the rhythm of water and fish, the paint layers drip and crackle around the outlines of many salmon, giving a sense of movement and fossilization.  It is a commentary on the significance of the salmon run to remain prolific.  Rath has explored the significance of place in his paintings.  Within these works is a fascination by all that is held within the landscape and local territories – the stories, the routes, the changes, the tragedies, and the reverence. He is interested in how humans have impacted the land, and how the land impacts humans.

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