This week, explore a culture that is close to your heart and create an art piece inspired by that culture.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I once had an art teacher tell me he hated Emily Carr. So this is where I put in a disclaimer stating that the opinions contained in this blog.... well, you get the idea. Regardless of how I feel about Emily Carr (I love her), this guy really got me thinking. This art teacher thought Emily Carr had no business painting abstract versions of totem poles, because The Haida people had already created perfect abstractions. So I began exploring Haida art and fell in love. Long before I married my beautiful Haida husband or began teaching my son the Haida language, I coveted button blankets, cedar hats, bentwood boxes and masks. And oh yes, what I wouldn't give for a totem pole representing my family in my garden. Here's my version of our cat Tuxedo, Haida style.