The house post entitled The River represents life at the mouth of the north arm of the Fraser River. Life in and along the river is depicted through images of the once-plentiful sturgeon. The owl and heron heads represent the diversity of birdlife that the river supports. The powerfully animated fishers with copper eyes are links to wealth and spirituality from the past. The image on the central axis of the fishers, symbolizing the tide at the mouth of the Fraser, can also be seen as four eagle heads. The base and top of the post illustrate weaving motifs, the base representing water, the top mountains and valleys.
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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