This beautiful book marks the exciting emergence of Susan A. Point as a major artist on the Northwest Coast.
Susan Point’s striking and distinctive jewellery in precious metals to prints, painting and monumental pieces in wood and glass—has won worldwide acclaim. An innovator with a strong personal style, she like
to express both ancestral concepts and contemporary concerns in new
mediums such as glass and bronze, as well as the more traditional wood.
Point has immersed herself in the study of traditional
art and culture. She says: “Coast Salish art is relatively unknown to
most people today. I am trying to revive traditional Coast Salish
art—and also attempting to educate the public to the fact that there
was, and still is, another style of art indigenous to the Northwest
Coast.” Her freshness of vision, her inventive use of a variety of
mediums and her talent for working on a large scale have led to many
prestigious commissions. In her twenty-year career, Susan Point has
participated in over sixty group exhibitions and had a dozen solo
shows; she also has received over thirthy-five commissions for public
The book was edited by curator Gary Wyatt. Michael Kew’s
essay describes traditional Coast Salish art, culture and beliefs.
Peter Mcnair’s biographical essay follows the artistic development of
Susan Point. And each of the new works of art is accompanied by a
description of its meaning as told by Susan Point to Vesta Giles and
62 full-colour and 21 black-and-white reproductions.
View the Susan Point: Coast Salish Artist exhibition.