January 14 to February 18, 2015
Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby St. Vancouver
Godanxee'wat: Stone Ribs
Created by Haida artist, Gwaai Edenshaw this eight and a half foot pole, originally carved in Yellow-cedar, is an edition of seven bronze totem poles that were made in a multi-stage, labour intensive process. The final colour of the patina was chosen to reflect the famous polished black argillite carvings, exclusive to the Haida.
Edenshaw combines his understanding of Haida culture, Haida oral history and sculpture to interpret Godanxee'wat: Stone Ribs, a celebrated supernatural being and ancestor to the Haida people.