Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic Paint
“The Power of Transformation” Bentwood Box is a precisely painted masterwork inspired by an artifact in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography’s collection at Harvard University. The artifact is a wooden comb from the early 1800’s, featuring a Frog motif on one side and a Double-Headed Serpent motif on the other. It was carved by a Coast Salish individual. Margaret wanted to create a contemporary take on the original artist’s style using the Serpent design. As with many of Margaret’s pieces, the figures are painted reflectively, with one side of the design mirroring the side opposite to it.
The Double-Headed Serpent is a supernatural figure associated with wealth, power, rebirth, and transformation. The most well-known version of this creature is the Sisiutl from Kwakwaka’wakw legend, but many coastal First Nations have their own variations of the figure as well.
Serigraph, Edition of 13o
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“Divine Momentum is inspired by a stone spindle whorl artifact. Spindle whorls were traditionally used for spinning fibers for the sole purpose of making textiles. This contemporary design symbolizes the revival of ancient Coast Salish practices and the continuation of our cultures.”
– Margaret August
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