Painting: Acrylic on Paper
Spawning Salmon Cycle
This circular Coast Salish design depicts the spawning salmon cycle. The Salmon are rendeRED in red, the colour of spawning salmon. The spawning salmon cycle symbolizes the perpetuation of Coast Salish art with integrity. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, I am challenged to perpetuate Coast Salish art with integrity. Though I am influenced by Haida art like that of Robert Davidson I cannot succumb to a Haida-centric perspective.
For this reason, northern Northwest Coast 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 on the periphery. 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.