Salmon Paddle by lessLIESalmon Paddle by lessLIE
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Salmon Paddle

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Since salmon are organic beings, I wanted to design the painted salmon on this paddle to be an "organic" part of the paddle. I also wanted the design to serve a mediational function. I wanted it to effectively belong within a contemporary and traditional context. I believe that this painted paddle would look good in the contemporary conTEXT of a person's wall, or the more traditional and utilitarian context of being used by a Coast Salish paddler. Like many other contemporary Northwest Coast artists, I also wanted the inherent aesthetic appeal of the yellow cedar to be a final part of the design. I believe that my Coast Salish ancestors recognized the inherent aestheic appeal of various wood colors and gRAINs, and for this reason, left many of their carved implements unpainted. --lessLIE

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist lessLIE
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2005
Dimensions 9" x 73.5" x 2"
Materials & Edition yellow cedar, paint

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