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Released August 1998
When thinking about salmon the first thing that comes to mind is
food at the dinner table. It sustains us throughout the year and
provides a number of our people with an economic livelihood. Our
relationship, however, goes much deeper. There are many stories
about salmon that have been passed on from generation to generation
that vary between families and cultures throughout the coast. One
of the dances that my family owns represents one such story of the
connection between salmon and ourselves.
In the firelight of the Bighouse, a dancer would appear wearing
a human mask and carrying a spear. Through another entrance a second
dancer emerges adorned with a large salmon mask. Slowly, the two
move until they converge near the centre of the house. The man rapidly
plunges his spear into the side of the fish. In response, the salmon
dancer lets out a loud shrill and unexpectedly opens the mask to
reveal another face. To the shock of the human dancer, he stares
directly at his own image. The dance then culminates in the two
brothers leaving the floor of the house together.
My third print, “Reunion,” represents the return of
the sockeye salmon to its place of birth. Upon entering freshwater,
it undergoes an intense transformation. While turning a brilliant
scarlet red, the males develop a humped back and a grotesquely hooked
nose and the females attain a rounded belly full of eggs. The print
also represents the reunion that takes place between people and
salmon during this incredible time. I think back to the dance that
my family owns and the connection that we have with salmon. To us,
they are our brothers and sisters. While they provide us with food,
we also understand that we must respect them because of the bonds
that tie us together.
“Reunion” is a limited edition print
using the silk-screening method of print-making. Print production
took place during August 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. A total of
98 prints bear the title “Reunion” and are signed by
Andy Everson: 80 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/80
through 80/80; 8 Artist’s Proofs; 8 Remarques; and 2 Printer’s
Proofs. The acid-free 100% Stonehenge paper measures 22x14 inches.
Image size measures 18¼ x 9¼ inches. Four colours
were used during printing: red, and light, medium, and dark greens.