Vicious Circle is about the benefit and consequence of our growing dependency on oil. Monitoring the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the Alaska and British Columbia coastlines years afterwards offers some insight into the long ordeal that the Gulf Coast will endure with their much larger spill. Oil has been at the center of world conflicts, numerous large-scale environmental disasters, as well as offering the benefits of travel, heat and industry. Art has always documented the environment and the changes that are occurring in the natural world, with the hope of offering a visual document for future generations.
Bill Kuhnley was born in 1967 in Seattle, Washington, and soon after the family relocated to the western shore of Vancouver Island. He is a member of the Ditidaht tribe of the Nuu-chah-nulth nation. He grew up surrounded by carving produced by his parents, William and Josephine Kuhnley. He began carving at the age of thirteen. He left school at sixteen to work in his parents cedar salvage business and spent the next seven years working in the bush. He began carving seriously in 1991 and was offered a position the same year with the Duncan Heritage Center in Duncan, B.C.
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