Serigraph: Ink on Paper
The Spirits of Snow & Ice Collection of ten limited edition serigraphs pays homage to the winter sports that take place in my hometown and all over much of British Columbia. The prints in this series bring together the four worlds present in our First Nations belief structure: the sky world represented by the dawning of a new day; the land world to which all the athletes in these images belong; the sea world evoked through the frozen waves of snow and ice; the spirit world guiding the athletes and giving them the characteristics of our sacred animals. The background image of the animals is done in respect of my Coast Salish ancestry and represents a spindle whorl design. The spindle whorl, I feel, is the perfect metaphor for weaving together our worlds.
Wolves, of course, are predators. They travel in packs, they hunt in packs and they kill in packs. When they spot their prey, they cover ground quickly, instinctively knowing where each other must be in order to have a successful hunt. Circling their victim, they communicate when to pounce. They attack their prey with precision, relying on each other for success. In a moment, they strike; a moment later, it is over.
Hockey, too, has its predators. Successful teams have skilled players that work together in unison. They carry the puck in a rush across their blue line, through centre ice. They enter the offensive zone, passing the puck to one another without thinking. Cycling in the corners, they turn their opponent around, all the while ready to pounce. The players strike without warning, shooting the puck into the net. She shoots, she scores.
Associated Box Set: Spirits of Snow and Ice Collection Box Set - Edition of 200