Released May 1998
Although my grandfather passed away before I was born, I feel that
he leads me by example. In “Continuity,” the older hamatsa
dancer is the leader, teaching the younger one not only to dance
but how to respect and follow our traditions. It is this continuity,
this continual cycle, that pushes me to paint, to write, and to
As “Continuity” is only my second print, I see myself
as the younger hamatsa dancer. I dance in front of the Bighouse
which is crowned with representations of one of my family crests—the
eagle. The Bighouse is truly where one comes from. The house in
this print symbolically represents my family’s house on the
reserve in Comox.
The circle that surrounds the body of the print is based on the
designs forming the outer ring on dance screens. I chose this to
embody the feeling of an uninterrupted flow of ideas. Our culture
is not dead. We still learn from our elders and we still dance.
“Continuity” is a limited edition print
using the silk-screening method of print-making. Print production
took place during April and May of 1998 at Seacoast Screenprinting
of Victoria B.C. The artist was involved throughout the process
and has ensured that all stencils were destroyed following printing.
Paper size measures 22x22 inches. Image size measures 18 inches
in diameter. A total of 146 prints bear the title “Continuity”
and are signed by Andy Everson: 120 in the primary edition bearing
the numbers 1/120 through 120/120; 12 Artist’s Proofs; 12
Remarques; and 2 Printer’s Proofs. Five colours were used
during printing: white, red, royal blue, navy blue and black.