‘RED’ 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: ‘RED’ – “When I listen to Rhonda Aikin her voice, energy, shakes me to my core and my spirit moves like the energy that creates the perpetual waves in the ocean of Long Beach, and I am truly moved to tears by such a powerful force. Hence the tears from the eye in the sky. An Eagle in the eye represents the freedom she must experience to summon such power and energy.” – Francis Dick
Notes from DaVic Gallery: In many paintings of women that I have seen, the painter captures feminine beauty with admiration, and then when I look at Francis’ paintings not only she captures the beauty of women with admiration but also with much love. This painting is full of energy using strong vibrant blue and red colors and yet feminine with purple and golden tones surrounded with modernized traditional forms. A butterfly forms with Rhonda’s neckline and back of her head.
Hip, powerful and soaring filling the voids of space and time with her vigorous energy … and yet, emotional. Emotionally moved by such energy that can only be compared by witnessing an eagle soar in the sky. Such privilege. And Francis sees and is moved to her soul and her mind and her body have no expression but tears. When we are babies we see the butterfly fly in our gardens and we are amazed. Amazed because we don’t know the words to say butterfly and we know how to stay with the experience of a butterfly … To Francis, she tells the experience of experiencing RED in her painting where words would dilute and give no justice and diminish what it really is. The room fills with energy.