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Serigraph, Edition of 81
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“The focus point in this piece of art is a Spring Salmon depicted with the face of Humanity. Traditionally, the native societies were established around fishing, hunting, and gathering. The most valuable resource was salmon. For thousands of years, salmon was the primary food source for the people on the Canadian Northwest Coast. As a result of overfishing came a time of scarcity. Salmon perished and humanity depended heavily on its return. Salmon is a powerful symbol of regeneration, prosperity, and renewal for the Haida people.
In the bottom right corner of this painting, Kuugan Jaad (also known as Mouse Woman) comes into sight. She is a character in many Haida legends. Mouse Woman is a supernatural being. She is the mother of Raven according to the mythology. She often appears in stories as a helper or advisor to those who are on a journey or to those who have crossed (or are about to cross) to another dimension (Spirit World or the unknown). She is highly respected as she offers great wisdom to restore order and balance. According to mythology, Mouse Woman can change shapes. She can be a big-eyed mouse and change into a tiny human grandmother. However, in art, her appearance is mostly abstract.
When I’m creating a design, sometimes subconsciously Kuugan Jaad just appears in the art piece. Her form arises automatically during the creative process. It is striking because she is known to lend a helping hand to story characters in our legends.“ ~ Robert Davidson
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“I am grateful to witness these [Anna’s Hummingbirds] seasonally. The colors were inspired by a male hummingbird. They show pink and orange reflective feathers on their necks, which really stand out at certain angles. The females have more green and grey-coloured feathers, which helps them blend into their surrounding and nesting areas more swiftly [to avoid predators].
[Hummingbirds] are also great pollinators and can visit up to 2000 flowers a day. [I created this box to show my appreciation] for one of the many hard-working pollinators that we are blessed to share our home with. Hardworking, not only for their own self, but for every other living being that inhabits our home. Thank you! Stutwiniitscw!” – Reuben Mack
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“I love carving Octopus. The fluid, long tentacles and suckers make it detailed and challenging. In this panel, my mind went back to childhood when I was totally curious about what was ‘bigger and stronger’. Could this animal win a fight with that animal? The books I read about the Giant Octopus and a story my dad once told me about a crew member who almost got taken by a large octopus that was blown on deck when they were fishing halibut in the Bering Sea. My Giant Octopus is taking on a Killerwhale in this panel – who wins? I no longer care. It is the struggle that captivates my imagination.
When I released a resin cast edition of this piece, a collector told me it was too violent. I said, ‘No, it’s not!’, and I punched him (just kidding!). Violence is what people do. Animals merely survive.” – Don Yeomans
Serigraph, Edition of 140
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“This print, titled Weavers and Wool, depicts two Salish Wool Dogs, and is an homage to the role weavers and dog breeders played in shaping Coast Salish culture. The Salish Wool Dog was the only breed of dog in pre-contact North America that was created and maintained through the practice of animal husbandry.
Through selective breeding, the Coast Salish people maintained a large population of small dogs with thick woolly hair that could be sheered and spun into yarn. This meant, unlike their coastal neighbors, the Coast Salish had a steady supply of wool that allowed them to foster a prolific weaving tradition. Female weavers used the wool to create the classic Coast Salish blankets that were worn by Siem (noble ones). The wool was also an important adornment on many ceremonial objects and regalia. Due to the importance of weaving in Salish culture, the spindle whorls became an object of abundance, many of which were carved with classic Coast Salish imagery. Even today, contemporary Salish artist create prints, panels, glass works, stone works, (etc.) all in the form of the spindle whorl.
The practice of breeding wool dogs had been practiced for at least 1700 years according to archeological research. Since the dog’s woolly coat was due to a recessive gene, it had required a tremendous amount of work to keep the wool dogs separated from the semi-wild hunting dogs to keep the bloodline pure. So, when Europeans introduced sheep wool to the Salish, the practice of dog breeding was doomed. Since sheep are large, grass-feeding farm-animals — rather than small, meat-eating pets, they were able to generate more wool for far less labour and resources. Therefore, it became too costly to maintain the wool-dogs bloodline, so they began interbreeding with the hunting dogs and European breeds — then quickly vanished.
Even though the Salish wool dog may be lost forever, it’s legacy lives on in Salish culture: wool still adorns most ceremonial objects, Salish blankets are still worn as regalia, and the spindle whorl has become an icon of Coast Salish art. So with this print, I want to honour the Salish wool dog, Salish dog-breeders, and Salish weavers that helped give Coast Salish culture its unique identity.” – Dylan Thomas