In considering how to portray Cannery Row, Susan Giacometti thought of the billions of silver fish, the gray sky on a foggy day, the almost black water of Monterey Bay–especially at night when sardines are caught, the gray cannery buildings, all of which convey grayness. She uses drypoint as her printmaking method and also chine colle for all the little fish.
In her artwork she is not interested in exact reproduction. She conveys an impression, a feeling; the fact that a fisherman is wearing bright green gloves, or that lots of sardines were caught when there was no moon. Because the ocean is mysterious, imaginary things can happen, too.