Undoubtedly the richest place of the planet is the Sea. Life on the planet exists because everything in the ocean is magical; between the deepest trenches, and the white surface. We see her uncompromising changing mood in the wind and surf. these are the moments I like to ponder; the eternal tides, smearing time.
From the floating tendrils of seaweed at my ancestor’s feet, it then journeys the expanse of water to the farthest shore. You don’t know where it has been, you don’t know where it will end up. I never know what the new tide will bring. Perhaps we only leave, so we may once again arrive.
I’ve only viewed a glimpse of the story so far, but I have seen extraordinary changes. Our knowledge of the ocean has increased tremendously with the advent of new technologies. We’ve learned that ecological changes of the oceans abyss are linked to what is happening at the ocean surface, and in fact our whole global biosphere, which humans continue to change.
It’s not just seaweed anymore, a motorcycle somehow washed up on a Haida Gwaii beach from Japan.
An invasive species of mussel has arrived in British Columbia, carried over by a boat pushed across the Pacific Ocean by the massive Japanese tsunami of 2011. So far, 165 exotic species linked to tsunami debris have arrived on the west coast of North America.
We are the cause of major shifts in species around the planet. We will never fully understand the consequences. Atlantic salmon in the Pacific, Lionfish from the Indian Ocean in Florida, the list is growing.
I’ve been thinking about this lot as of late. Simultaneously, I enjoy watching my young grandchildren become artists in their own right. They have been teaching me how fun it is to use all the colours we can imagine. It is the cycle of our lives, coming full circle.
Salmon are a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because Salmon are the primary food source for the Northwest Coast native people. Salmon are a symbol of renewal, representing the providers of life. Salmon in pairs is good luck because they represent the continuation of life, full circle.
by Susan Point
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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