Serigraph: Ink on Paper

30.5" X 30.5"

Artist/Curatorial Statement

The phenomenon of life exists within nature’s splendor. As the land draws its breath from the winds above, so too does it exhale with the receding tides of the ocean. This interpretation of land, sea and air is likened to the majestic bird, the Hokioi (native Eagle, Roi Toia), who traverses the realms of the over-worlds, the Thunder Lizard (Susan Point) who protects the “life principle” of the land and the Whai (Stingray, Todd Couper) who patrols the domain of the underworlds. The center arrangement depicts the essence of life and the evolution of death symbolized by two spirals opposing each other.

Our connection grew following visits in New Zealand and Vancouver. I felt a tremendous kinship with all the Maori artists I met, and was overwhelmed by their generosity and hospitality during my trip. At the time of the Kiwa exhibition, we began this collaboration celebrating the artistic and spiritual ties between our cultures.

Susan Point

Display(s): Cornett Building Salish Art Display

Exhibition(s): The Salish Weave Collection: Works on Paper, Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Legacy: National Gallery of Canada