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Glass, etched and sandblasted
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Glass, etched and sandblasted
|Dimensions||8.75 x 5 x 4"|
Clarence Mills is a member of the Haida nation, a group that inhabits the northern coast of British Columbia. Born into the Wilson family at Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands in 1958, he is a member of the Eagle Clan and takes the Split Raven and Grizzly Bear as his crests. His grandfather, Jimmy Wilson, was hereditary Chief Skedans. His great-grandfather, carver Henry Young, gave him his Haida name – Gahghinskuss, meaning ‘out of your own land’. With guidance from his uncle, Doug Wilson, Clarence began studying traditional Haida art at the age of eighteen. He has since produced carvings in ivory, Argillite and wood, including monumental-size totem poles for international events, as well as engraved jewelry and limited-edition serigraph prints.
Over the past 20 years, Clarence has established himself both abroad, in the United States and Europe, as well as in Canada. Most recently, Clarence carved a full size pole for the Louvre in France, where he met the French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, at the pole’s raising.
Clarence incorporates the traditional designs of his people with a contemporary feel. He is well known for his simplistic and distinctive style that reflects traditional Haida images.
Clarence’s work is sought-after by many collectors of high quality artwork, both on local and international levels.
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“This piece is a representation of the Moon which is [an] ancestral part of our mythology. Moon is said to have been the great leader who changed great things in his time among our people. Being half human and half sky being, he was part of the people. This depiction in particular, shows the Salmon numbered in five, which also denotes the number used in defining Puyallup stories as these are shared through the Puget Sound.” – Shaun Peterson
The artist has mixed conventional Northwest Coast materials with modern media to create this moon panel, Keeper of the Tide.
The central figure represents the face of the moon. In Northwest Coast culture, the Moon is regarded as a symbol of protection and guardianship. The Moon is often associated with transformation.
Using sandblasted glass, Shaun has incorporated swimming salmon circling the Moon’s face. Salmon are honoured and celebrated by all coastal peoples: the fish serves as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice, and perseverance. Shortages of salmon are traditioally attributed to human disrespect and refusal to listen to and live by the wisdom of elders.
Other works by this artist
This beautiful Spirit Button Wrap comes from the “Spirit Collection” by fashion designer Chloe Angus. The design is by Haida artist Clarence Mills. This wrap can be worn in various ways and is made of 85% Acrylic and 15% wool, with Abalone shell buttons.
Chloe’s vision is to create a high fashion collection incorporating art by utilizing jewelry, screen printing and stitching to subtly highlight ancient First Nations art techniques. In attempt to unite the cultures and artist’s that she works with, Chloe Angus Design donates a percentage of each Spirit piece to the Vancouver Aborginal Friendship Centre.
Sizes: Regular (24.5 x 65″); Long (24.5 x 80.5″)
Crest figures: Bear, Eagle & Moon, Salmon, Raven and Formline (modern) – please contact us regarding availability