Released June 2001
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Of all the topics of Northwest Coast design, the human face affects
many of us at the most profound level. It represents the mirroring
of humanity. It illustrates a connection to ourselves, our ancestors,
and our descendants yet to come.
In “Ancestral Steps,” the human faces represent layers
of our past. Each step signifies an ancestral figure whose very
existence has enabled us to live, to learn, and to love. Each person
has passed down meaning to successive generations.
The faces are portrayed in the Chilkat style. One of the most
fascinating and complex forms of art on the coast, Chilkat weavings
have a special relationship with my family. The right to wear and
weave these beautiful garments was passed down from my great-great-great
grandmother, Mary Ebbets Hunt. Pride in these blankets was instilled
in me from my grandmother, Audie Frank, who is represented by the
bottom of the “Ancestral Steps.”
Finally, I conceived of “Ancestral Steps” after finishing
my Master’s Degree. I envisioned the legacy of knowledge left
to me from my ancestors and wished to acknowledge that mine was
not a solitary effort, but part of something much bigger. I thought
of all of the beautiful faces that look down on us whenever we accomplish
anything to maintain the integrity of our forebears.
“Ancestral Steps” is a limited edition
print using the giclée method of printmaking. Print production
took place during June of 2001 at SkyDancer Studio of Comox B.C.
The artist was involved throughout the printing process. A total
of 45 prints bear the title “Ancestral Steps” and are
signed by Andy Everson: 40 in the primary edition bearing the numbers
1/40 through 40/40; 4 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free 100% cotton Provence Rag paper measures 17x14¼
inches. Image size measures about 14½x11½ inches.