Iona Beach

Artist
Gender
Female
Style
Northwest Coast
Community
Art Type
Print
Collection
2012
Medium
Silkscreen on Archival White paper
Edition
Signed Artist Proof Print # VI of X
Size (in)
Paper size (H x W): 32 x 12 ½ in
Size (cm)
Paper size (H x W): 81 x 32 cm
Framed
Not Framed
Product ID
11400-00349

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‘Iona Beach’ by Susan Point, O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt – First Nations Northwest Coast, Coast Salish Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.


Condition:          No condition noted.


Description by Artist:     The artwork for these three limited edition serigraphs, Blue Herons Series: Canoe Pass (2011), North Arm (2011) and Iona Beach (2012), is based on a public art commission for the 2010 Olympic skating oval in Richmond, BC. These are further explorations of the design that is incorporated into the structural buttresses that support the building.

The imagery in the artwork reflects the ever-changing Fraser River. Incorporated within the delta theme are heron motifs. The contours are revealed by salmon motifs in the foreground. Richmond has chosen the heron as its ambassador; herons have chosen the delta as their home for countless generations.

Canoe Pass is the name for the middle arm, which separated Lulu Island from Sea Island.

North Arm is the waterway that separates Vancouver from Richmond, BC.

Iona Beach is a regional park in Richmond, BC.

Canoe Pass and North Arm

Flying between Vancouver Island and Richmond, I always have a great view of the river delta below between Point Grey and Steveston. This is an area to which my Musqueam culture has been deeply connected for thousands of years. What I see are sandbars and these change by re-braiding from season to season with the currents and the tides; this all reflects on the time of year and is an important consideration in my culture that gathered food all summer for the long cold winter. Above and below a tree, the branches and roots very closely resemble each other, both reach out for their piece of earth, both intertwine within their own space; this is what the creeks and ditches resemble while I watch intently from above.

This pattern is very common in nature; paths often lead from one place or wind up in the same. This is true in geography, waterways and human society.

Iona Beach

The main theme of this artwork is the Fraser River… how the river changes through time… its shape and course. It subtly shows how the river re-braids itself; it is also a dedication to the Fraser River on whose shores my people have lived and prospered, in seasonal settlements, for countless generations. The Fraser River has always had economic, social and spiritual meaning to the Coast Salish peoples and it allowed the aboriginal peoples of the coast to trade with the peoples of the interior of BC. During my Salish ancestor’s time, the Fraser River was used as a route for trading as well as family gatherings…keeping their connection to other Salish groups along the river. The river itself is revered as ‘the giver of life’ and the ‘essence of life’ as well as one of the four elements.

I have also emphasized the heron. There are many legends of the heron as told by my elders; the heron is a prominent bird figure that shows up in traditional Salish implements.

The final element in my design depicts contemporary salmon, which, symbolically, represents the delta. Historically, salmon was a form of wealth, sustenance for our peoples and used in trade with other tribes. Native images are more than stylized symbols of animals… each character has its own traits and history; thus, salmon represents the giver of life and is usually carved in pairs for good luck.


Notes from DaVic Gallery:    The serigraph Iona Beach completes Susan Point’s Blue Herons series. The artwork in these 3 limited edition serigraphs is based on a public art commission for the 2010 Olympic skating oval in Richmond BC. They are further explorations of the design that is incorporated into the structural buttresses that support the building. The imagery in the artwork reflects the ever-changing Fraser River.

The artist proof (AP) is often the first proof or set of proofs that the artist “pulls” to ensure that the image is printing to the desired effect. The Artist Proof holds a higher value than a regular edition piece due to its rarity as well as the possibility that they can contain the visual evidence of the artist’s progress. Artist Proofs are typically owned and kept by the artist so they are rarely released.

The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.