‘Gwawina’ by Kevin Daniel Cranmer – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Description by Artist: “Gwawina was inspired by four women connected to Chilkat weaving in our family, past and present. The four Chilkat faces on the outside border of the design (starting clockwise from the top) represent Anisalaga (Mary Ebbets- great-great-great grandmother), ‘Abaya’a’ (Sara Constance Smith -great-great grandmother), Gwantilakw (Agnes Cranmer – grandmother) and Nalaga (Donna Cranmer – cousin). Spaced between these four Chilkat faces are examples of ‘Raven’s Tail’ geometric weaving. ‘Chilkat’ and ‘Raven’s Tail’ weaving are the two types of weaving that came from the Tlingit (Anisalaga’s people). Encompassed in the centre of this design is the Raven, the main crest brought down by Anisalaga from Alaska. The face on the chest of the Raven represents my daughter, Gana’o, the labret and nose ring are indicative of nobility. I chose to portray Gana’o in this design to show her one of the many peoples and places she originates from. I portrayed myself on the tail of the Raven to show that this crest is one in which I also proudly share. Gilakasla”
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This Limited Edition silkscreen print titled “Gwawina” by Kevin Daniel Cranmer was published in August, 2002. It was hand produced by the screen-printing 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: 170 signed and numbered copies, 17 artist’s proofs, 1 printer’s proof. 3 Hors de Commerce copies exist and are defaced and all other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.