People of Five Oceans
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Red Cedar, Black Mirror
48” x 48” x 2”
Susan Point's "People of Five Oceans" celebrates the commonality of the human race.
This exquisitely carved panel is based on the traditional Coast Salish formal vocabulary however Susan Point has taken this vocabulary further and developed a personal style that is now her trademark. This art work was originally shown in the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of Spindle Whorl, Susan Point's 2017 solo exhibition. When the exhibition was over, Point reworked the piece in several ways including the addition of black mirror behind the cedar cut out thus creating depth, reflection and a distinctly modern feel.
The Coast Salish design references to water dominate the composition and the artist's reverence for the Spindle Whorl traditional motif dictates the formal design of the panel.