This piece features ten schooling mackerels swimming calmly with fins raised as if catching an ocean current. In their largest numbers, mackerels have been found to travel in schools that stretch as far as 20 miles. Painted by hand the artist uses aqua tones reminiscent of its ocean habitat. Capiz oyster shell adorn the front adding a watery shimmer.
The basic frame of this piece is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. The front of the body is adorned with capiz.
Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz may come through as tans and browns underneath the hand-painted surface.