A serigraph based on Susan’s design of one of the new houseposts to be installed at the totem display in Stanley Park at Brockton Point, The Inlet features a herring design that reflects the living culture in the area as it has been transformed through history. Hundreds of years ago Burrard Inlet was the richest source of natural wealth in the province. Massive schools of herring, followed by salmon and then killer whales moved through the inlet in great numbers year after year. These creatures are a reflection of the abundance and natural resources that make this region so special, and so in need of protection.
The original housepost that became the inspiration for this image is part of an installation of three portals that will greet visitors at the site in Stanley Park where the famous totem poles have thrilled visitors for many years. This land is part of traditional Salish territory and these pieces will solidify the Salish presence on the site. Susan’s contribution to the totem park is intended to be a gesture of welcome from the Salish people to the visitors who may be enjoying their first experience of local First Nations culture and art. More than a public art exhibit, Susan’s contributions to the park are a way of doing justice to the Salish people of the past and the present and reaffirming the importance of the Salish people in the area.
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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