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ARTIST’S STATEMENT This circular Coast Salish design depicts the spawning salmon cycle. The Salmon are rendeRED in red, the color of spawning salmon. The spawning salmon cycle symbolizes the perpetuation of Coast Salish art with intergrity. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, one of the challenges of my work is to perpetuate Coast Salish art with integrity, while accepting influences from non-Coast Salish art forms, such as Haida art, without succumbing to a Haida-centric perspective on Northwest Coast art. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, I have a particular admiration of the work of contemporary Haida artist Robert Davidson. With my work, I attempt to accept influences from a Haida artist like Robert Davidson without succumbing to a Haida-centric perspective. For this reason, northern Northwest Coat art forms are peripheral to my development as a contemporary Coast Salish artist. This is why the trigons, rendered in a somewhat northern manner, are placed at the periphery of the design. This is a deliberate visual reference to Joan P. Danford’s essay, “From Periphery to Centre: The Art of Susan and Krista Point,” in which she argues that Coast Salish art has been perceived at the periphery of Northwest Coast art, unfamiliar to and unappreciated by the general public. -- lessLIE

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist lessLIE
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2006
Dimensions 15" X 15"
Materials & Edition serigraph on paper, edition 75, with 7 remarqués

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