The Essence of Life Continued
‘The Essence of Life Continued’ by Susan Point, O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt – First Nations Northwest Coast, Coast Salish Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Original commission work is at the pumping stations in King Country, Washington. The Essence of Life Continued is a detail of this commission work.
Description: When Susan Point was commissioned to integrate art into the design of the West Seattle Pump Station, she worked within her own Coast Salish artwork approach to pay tribute to the original peoples of this area. Traditionally, Salish art was incorporated into daily life through utilitarian objects such as woven baskets and reed mats. Art was an extension of spirituality, expressed in the creation of spirit boards, various ritual objects and houseposts that supported their longhouses. In the Pump Station artwork the land, sea and sky are represented through animal motifs and humans in a relief mural on the building façade and wing walls. The imagery is intended to show the integration between humans and nature. Point also incorporated eggs within the salmon and a baby bird within the flying birds to represent a continuing cycle of life and new beginnings.