Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

To the Potlatch Paddle (2000)


Susan Point’s second paddle, To the Potlatch, features a human element, and the blade is pointed down as it sits in a cherrywood stand. Positioned as it would be in the water, this paddle is set to propel humanity on the journey toward the future.

—Susan Point as told to Vesta Giles

Susan Point

Susan Point


Coast Salish (Musqueam)

(1952- )

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.