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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
Capture the Spirit & Artistry of First Nations Culture
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Alder wood, Horse hair, Acrylic paint
25 x 13 x 5″ (including hair)
17 x 11 x 5″ (mask only)
“[This mask is] carved from alder wood, decorated with white horse hair, and painted with white acrylic. This is a fairly traditional depiction of a Dogfish – the main difference here is the monochromatic paint job.
If the mask has a lot of strong lines, I feel like less is more when it comes to paint. White as a colour accentuates light and shadow in addition to allowing any mask to look more modern.” – Don Yeomans