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Woodblock print by Annie Bissett depicting a mermaid
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
6" x 6" (15.24 x 15.24 cm)

O is for orlandocard, an NSA operation that attracted visits from over 77,000 foreign computers and planted spyware on more than 1,000 by using a 'honeypot' computer. A 'honeypot' is pretty much what it sounds like -- a digital trap set to attract a certain target, much like a police officer might bait a criminal.

Another sort of 'honeypot' is the femme fatale, a character in every good spy story. An early mythological form of femme fatale were the Greek sirens, who lured sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Mermaids are often associated with sirens, and they are also associated with Orlando, Florida, which is what inspired me to depict the orlandocard honeypot as a mermaid.

7 applications of color, with blind emboss
Kochi Kozo paper
edition: 20