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
Red Cedar wood
“One of the most well-known Haida myths has to do with a woman who was transformed into a Dogfish after disrespecting the species. In this version of the story, the female human has just been absorbed into the tail of the fish. We assume the transformation was a cruel punishment, but who knows?
For my version of this classic tale, I took the opportunity to pay homage to my favourite Van Gogh painting, ‘The Starry Night’. In the background carving, behind the Dogfish, is my interpretation of the swirling dance of energy the painter saw above the sleepy village. A life force that surrounds all creatures – in this case, even the Dogfish Woman.” – Don Yeomans