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Sterling silver, Engraved
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Sterling silver, Engraved
|Dimensions||0.75 x 6.25 "|
Born in 1949, Gerry Marks grew up in Vancouver, largely unaware of his Haida artistic traditions. Subsequent to meeting Bill Reid and discovering, at the young age of twenty, the fine metalwork of his grandfather, John Marks, he began to focus his energy on understanding this tradition.
Marks began a formal study of Pacific Northwest Coast design with Freda Diesing in Prince Rupert in 1971. He later spent time at the Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton. Through self-study and influence by other artists, Marks developed his metalworking skills, paying particular attention to the technique of repose.
In 1977, Marks carved a twenty-five foot totem pole with Francis Williams and spent four months in Masset, his mother’s village, working with Robert Davidson on the Charles Edenshaw memorial house front that had been commissioned by the National Historic Sites of Canada. This experience renewed Gerry Marks’ understanding of the importance of wood carving to his own artistic development, particularly as it brings him back to an appreciation of the work of the traditional Haida master carver.
Gerry Marks is one of the finest jewelry artists on the Northwest Coast. His highly abstracted designs, flowing form lines and relief carving style are his hallmark.
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Gerry Marks’ elaborately carved Bear Mother with Cubs pays tribute to oral tradition, heritage and ancestral lineage. This uniquely contemporary piece commemorates the Haida story of Bear Mother: The Bear Mother mythology tells of a high-ranking woman who while out picking berries steps in Bear dung and being disgusted, she then insults the Bear. A Bear Chief hears the insult and abducts her. She marries the Bear and gives birth to two Bear/Human children who have extraordinary powers. The unwilling bride is eventually rescued by her male relative and returns to her human village, where her two human-bear children found lineages, whereby those thereafter may claim Bear as their crest. The Bear Mother is an important mythology as it reiterates ancestral heritage, lineage and the people’s animal/human connection. In this exquisite work, the intricate carving and attention to detail provides depth and power, while the beautiful workmanship furnishes this piece with wealth and status. Gerry Marks Bear Mother with Cubs combines form with function to create an exceptional aesthetic work of art founded in the roots of Haida culture.