The second piece in the trilogy, Singing the Season, brings Susan Point back to a creature and theme she enjoys revisiting. Point loves creating frogs and learned as a child that listening for the frogs to begin singing was the first sign of spring. When the frogs stopped singing in late fall, Point knew that the quiet months of winter had arrived. Thus, the frog’s voice has been a trusted marker of time in the Musqueam community. As development and urbanization encroached on the frog habitat, the song of the frog has been harder for Point to hear. Now it seems the frogs, with their growing silence, are singing an alarm; the balance of nature is in danger and time is running out.
The face in Singing the Season is cast in brilliant green paper and is trimmed along the edge where it meets the mounting section with a reddish-coloured cedar bark rope. The panel for mounting the face is rectangular. The carving and the shape of the wooden back represent a headdress and woven blanket. Five frogs, each with silver domes for eyes, are carved above the face. In the shoulder area, a carved Salish weaving pattern appears.
—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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