‘Eagle’s Freedom’ by Francis Dick – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: Eagle’s Freedom is a drum design I was commissioned to create. The woman who commissioned the design allotted me artistic license to create whatever I desired. I did not meet her; all I knew was she took time to study my previous work and she wanted the drum to use.
I decided to do a transformation piece. The overall design is an eagle rising. In the body is a face which represents a human being able to transform back and forth. In the wings of the eagle are lightning snakes, also possessing the ability to transform. The top of the design are faces of women. On the left, a woman has a tear on her cheek; this symbolizes the joys and sorrows she experiences. The face on the right shows her breath, signifying the breath of life.
Overall this piece is about life ever changing in movement, energy and freedom.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This limited edition silkscreen print titled “Eagle’s Freedom” by Francis Dick was published in November, 2004. It was hand produced by the screenprinting process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist was involved in the printmaking, checking the stencils and signing each copy in the edition: 100 signed and numbered copies, 10 artist’s proofs, 10 Remarque’s, 1 printer’s proof. All other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.