Maple wood, Copper, Rope, Acrylic paint
With ‘The Space Between’, Corrine Hunt depicts an inherited Raven crest with a Chilkat design referencing her ancestry. Her great, great grandmother, Anisalaga, was a Tlingit Noblewoman matriarch from the “Drift Ashore ” house in Tongass, Alaska. Anisalaga married into the Kwakwaka’wakw Hunt and Cranmer families from Alert Bay. It is from her that these families have the rights to the Raven crest, as it was one of the treasures brought over with her as part of her marriage dowry.
Anisalaga is considered the first great artist in the Hunt family as she made Chilkat blankets. The formline, or pattern, on this vase illustrates a section of a Chilkat blanket design which represents this remarkable aspect of Corrine’s ancestry.
The art of Chilkat Blanket weaving originated with the Tsimshian people (near Wrangell) but later spread to the Tlingit through trade and marriage. The Chilkat Tlingit (near Haines) who developed their own design style became the best and most prolific weavers. These blankets, requiring months of hard work to create, were highly sought after by Northwest Coast First Nations nobility long before the first explorers came to this region.
In this vase, Corrine Hunt combines traditional forms of the Northwest Coast with the interpretive concepts of post modernism, allowing the eye to move seamlessly and always see something new.