SECRET CODEWORDS OF THE NSA: FISHBOWL
woodblock print (mokuhanga)
6" x 6" (152.4 x 152.4 mm)
7 layers of color plus blind emboss on Kochi Kozo paper
Boy, they're not kidding with the fishbowl imagery. I started this piece with a fish in a bowl, but then I realized that the bowl was unnecessary because it's all a fishbowl, no matter where we go. We leave little data trails everywhere -- our cars, our phones, our laptops. Just try to jump out.
The NSA's fishbowl project isn't really about surveillance, though. It's a mobile phone architecture that can provide Voice over IP (VoIP) capability secure enough to be approved for transmitting classified information. The interesting thing about fishbowl is that the secure connection is created using only commercial grade products. That means that even you and I could do it! If we knew how, that is.
I'd also like to note that this is my first mokuhanga fish. I don't think one can really consider oneself an artist in the Japanese woodblock tradition until one has printed a fish, so I feel that I've crossed a threshold.