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Catlinite, Abalone shell
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Catlinite, Abalone shell
|Dimensions||1.5 x 3 x .5"|
Born in The Pas, Manitoba on March 21, 1966, Gary Olver originates from Northern Manitoba (Woodland Cree). He moved to British Columbia in 1975.
He has been inspired by the works of the Northwest Coast Native Artists and recently began carving small works in argillite under the guidance of a respected First Nations' artist.
Now Gary works in Catlanite – a medium commonly known as “red pipe stone”. Used for centuries, it is considered a type of argillite which occurs in a matrix of Sioux quartzite. Due to its fine grain, it's easily carved and very prized by First Nations artists for use in making sacred peace pipes and various sculptures. Catlanite quarries are preserved at the Pipestone River in Manitoba, Canada.
His specialty is miniatures and he has incredible dexterity in creating works that are finely detailed and complex in design as well as subject matter.
Gary enjoys art and people. As a professional actor in movies and television, he has had the opportunity to sing with Willie Nelson in an upcoming movie. Olver has been involved in a number of other productions, including The X-Files and Highlander.
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This piece opens to reveal an inner box with relief engraving that echos the outer lid.
Traditionally, boxes were considered prized possessions and customarily used to store wealth or special ceremonial objects such as masks, rattles, clothing and adornments. People often gave names to these beautiful ornate boxes, told stories about their histories and treated them as family heirlooms. However, non-decorated boxes acted as instruments of life – from storing less precious articles, to food and later used for mortuary purposes. In Haida mythology, a stack of boxes contained the essence from which Raven created the world.
Eagle, Dogfish, Beaver and Frog Box retains its traditional elements through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline of this treasure. The gently angled lid with Abalone inlay, as well as the engraved and incised elements on the box is suggestive of the prototypic bent cornered wooden boxes and chests.
The box contains not only depictions of four important crest animals, but connects to past traditions in which a box held more than the material object, it also linked people to their heritage, lineage and each other.
Bronze Cast, Marble base
Edition of 12
9.5 x 8 x 5″
Volcano Woman is perhaps one of the oldest and most revered legends which tells of a mortal”s fate if he/she does not treat sacred objects or creatures with respect. In defense of her beloved wild creatures, she controls the powerful volcanoes. Stories tell of how the killing of a frog leads the Volcano woman to destroy an entire village.
Volcano Woman is a supernatural, powerful person in First Nations mythology. She had a son who, like his mother, had supernatural abilities. He often liked to change from his Human form to that of a Frog (Wukus).
Years ago, a Prince and his two friends went fishing. Hungry, they lay their food on leaves. The Wukus (Frog), being mischievous, jumped on their food. Twice the young Prince threw the Frog into the shrubs but on the third time they threw the frog into the fire and killed the innocent creature.
A few nights later, a woman could be heard crying and wailing. “Who has done this, come forward and I will spare your village.” This warning went unheeded for some time until finally a Woman of the Elders went to the village outskirts to see her. Volcano Woman instructed the Woman of the Elders to send forth the three young men and she would spare the village from volcanic destruction. The Woman of the Elders begging for the sake of the Village told of Volcano Woman”s ultimatum – but this warning went unheeded.
On the final night of the village’s existence, Volcano Woman was heard saying, “I asked for those responsible to take heed and now you will know my vengeance.” The Village shook, a Volcano erupted, destroying the village and all who lived there.