Salmon Weir [painting] by lessLIESalmon Weir [painting] by lessLIE
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Salmon Weir [painting]

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"Salmon or 'river' weirs were wooden salmon dams constructed along rivers by my ancestors for the purpose of harvesting salmon. In this design, I have depicted four salmon heads within a rectangular shape. The rectangular form of this design is an abstract way of depicting the rough rectangular shapes which would be seen in salmon weirs. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, I am not hesitant to utilize Modern or abstract influences in my work. I am aware of the fact that many Modern, abstract artists were partially influenced by indigenous and First Nations art forms. Barnett Newman was influenced by art forms of the Northwest Coast. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, it is my contention that an unjust aesthetic double standard has been imposed on Northwest Coast art forms. Native artists should not be culturally confined to being expected to be aesthetically static and "traditional." If Modern, abstract artists were influenced by native art forms, then native art forms should be allowed to be influenced by the works of Modern, abstract artists. Coast Salish people reside in the most urbanized, most densly and diversly populated area of the Northwest Coast. This contemporary cultural reality should be reflected in our work." --lessLIE

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist lessLIE
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2004
Dimensions 26" x 10.5"
Materials & Edition acrylic on paper

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