What Color is Your Salmon? is an artist book that investigates and senses into the contemporary practice of transgenic salmon (and, more widely, all animals) aquaculture and its attendant effects on animal, human, and overall ecological health and well-being. The author's incisive prose provides context for the industrial practices that have developed—including the use of a so-called "SalmoFan" to measure farmed salmon color—while also posing thought-provoking questions. Is this our modern bestiary?
The book is printed in myriad ways including digital, inkjet, Risograph, and hand serigraph. The back cover includes a unique serigraph print using astaxanthin, the naturally occurring red pigmented ketocarotenoid that gives salmon—both wild and farm-raised—its distinctive color.
Printed in an edition of 100 copies.
Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theorist working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. Her practice investigates the ways in which nature is being altered in the twenty-first century.
Concerned with genetics, climate change, species extinction, and toxic degradation, Anker calls attention to the beauty of life and the necessity for enlightened thinking about nature’s “tangled bank.”
She lives and works in New York City.