‘Harmony’ by Joseph Wilson – First Nations Northwest Coast, Coast Salish Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: ‘Harmony’ – this design is originally derived from an 8-inch, carved maple spindle whorl, which was collected on Vancouver Island circa the early 1900’s. To me personally, when it was commissioned by my new friends and owners of Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, I felt that it represented freedom in love and the gifts that it brings. With the ring in the very center the design represents eternal love and marriage. To distinguish the difference between the male and female I put a labret in the lower lip of the face in the eagle’s wing joint, and put ovals in the female’s wing feathers. In contrast, for the male, I gave him a little beard in the face of the eagle’s wingjoint, and put trigon (or dart) shapes in the male’s wing feathers. To me, this whole rendition represents harmony and faithfulness, because eagles mate for life. In their mating dance, the eagles grasp onto one another while tumbling from the sky; it is one of the most majestic sights to see. May this design bring blessing to you and your loved one. This is one fine example of what our creator has to show us in the life of the majestic eagle; that what they have is pure and innocent.”
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This limited edition silkscreen print titled “Harmony” by Joseph M. Wilson (Sxwaset) was published in June, 2006. It was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition: 200 signed and numbered copies, 20 artist’s proofs, 1 printer’s proof. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.