Spindle whorls are a recurring theme in Susan’s work. This sculptural form is based upon the combs used on a loom.
“Elaborately carved combs were used by the Coast Salish people and throughout the Northwest Coast. The unique carving style of different villages and nations was evident in the combs produced. Combs were prestigious commissions bearing the crests of the owner. As small, portable objects, they were ideal gifts for someone of prominent status who had travelled a great distance to be a ceremonial witness. The powerful carving represented the skills of the artists from the host village and the crests of the host family. Combs were also personal amulets historically associated with spiritual leaders.”
—Susan Point as told to Vesta Giles
Coast Salish (Musqueam)
Susan began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. She received several early commissions, which established her reputation for innovative proposals and for completing projects on time, on budget and at the highest level. She took courses in silver, casting and carving, all of which led to monumental sculptures in mixed media, and she was the first Northwest Coast artist to work in glass. She continues to release a number of print editions each year, but her focus has been on commissioned sculpture.
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