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18K Yellow Gold, Textured, Engraved
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18K Yellow Gold, Textured, Engraved
|Dimensions||1 x 1 "|
|Nation||Kwakwaka'wakw / Tlingit Nations|
Corrine Hunt is a member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island. Her rich family history includes internationally renowned First Nations artists George Hunt, Henry Hunt, Richard Hunt and Tony Hunt, all of whom have been influential on her art. Uncle Norman Brotchie was also a significant teacher and mentor, introducing Corrine to Kwakwaka’wakw traditions and the art of jewelry-making.
Born in Alert Bay in 1959, Corrine’s paternal grandmother A’neesla’ga,’ a Tlingit noblewoman from Alaska, gave her the name ‘Killer Whale Scratching Her Back on the Beach’ in 1965. Since 1985 she has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage.
Corrine’s work includes engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, sculptural installations such as totem poles, and custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, executed in a distinctively contemporary style all of her own. Working with the concept of living culture, Corrine is creating fine art objects that are both aesthetically pleasing and of practical use. She is interested in exploring unique ways to translate the traditions of her First Nations culture; “I want to show how both the First Nations people and the art have evolved,” she explains.
Corrine designed the logo for the World Peace Forum held in Vancouver, 2006. There were installations of her work at the Hilton Hotel, Whistler, and the Office for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
In 2009, she was a co-creator of the medals for the 2010 Olympic Games held in Vancouver. These featured her original designs of the Pacific Northwest Coast crest figures of the Killerwhale and Raven. Corrine’s artistic endeavours were recognized with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2011. As well as her prolific art practice, Corrine is focused on mentoring First Nations artists and other creative practitioners in this present day, and continues to be a forceful supporter of the creative arts in British Columbia.
Coastal Peoples Gallery is pleased to offer Corrine Hunt jewelry for sale online and in person in our Vancouver, BC gallery. We offer personalized service and worldwide shipping.
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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.