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Riiibbit is a remarkably poignant abstract serigraph depicting the Frog; symbolic of adaptability and knowledge. The work pays homage to a hand carved panel by the artist, similar in the use of color palette and dimensions. Davidson speaks of the significance of the frog panel design:
“This frog emerged from the cedar of Haida Gwaii in the same way the hlq’iaan q’usdann emerge from the forest after the rain. I had a piece of cedar in my studio that I wanted to turn into a panel. Usually, I cut a piece of cedar in half and glue the pieces together to make a more traditionally shaped panel, but this piece of cedar was so beautiful that I felt compelled to honour it and to find the design within its wholeness rather that its pieces. What emerged was this frog who was so stretched out and filled with life that he almost escaped from the wood. The black and red honour our history and the yellow of his foot honors our ability to innovate during times of change, for these innovations are the key to strengthening our resiliency. The print was inspired by the original panel.” – Ben Davidson
Why an Artist Proof?
The artist proof is often the first proof or set of proofs that the artist “pulls” to ensure that the image is printing to the desired effect. The Artist Proof holds a higher value than a regular edition piece due to its rarity as well as the possibility that they can contain the visual evidence of the artist’s progress. Artist Proofs are typically owned and kept by the artist so they are rarely released.