Three Frogs

Serigraph: Ink on Paper

22.5" X 6"

Artist/Curatorial Statement

There are many different interpretations of the frog in Indigenous art of the Northwest Coast. Mine depicts a frontal view of a frog that is flanked by two frogs that I portrayed sideways. The sides of the center frog playfully become the back legs of the lateral frogs. The fun part of designing is to create imagery that incite people to look beyond the obvious.

Frogs are respected as communicators from man to the spirit world. It is believed that they catch evil spirits with their long tongues. Frogs are the harbingers of spring. When they start to croak, they tell my people to stop winter ceremonies and activities and to ready for the spring and summer seasons ahead.

Maynard Johnny Jr.