Released August 2002
Since time immemorial, my people have lived in villages nestled
along the eastern shore of Vancouver Island. From these villages,
they could make their living—fishing, hunting and gathering
and developing an intensely complex social structure. At the heart
of this social structure lies the potlatch or winter ceremonial.
Many times, whether in the past or in the present, potlatches last
throughout the night. “Serenity” represents one such
long night at a small feast. The sun is coming up and the fires
still burn strong as the business of the potlatch is performed.
The style of the bighouses in this print is modeled after those
that one would find in Comox during the middle of the 19th Century.
The second house from the left is structured specifically after
a “Chief’s house” which was photographed in Comox
in the 1860s by Frederick Dally.
The goal of this print is not only to represent a village at the
peak of the potlatch era or a village in the throes of a winter
ceremonial, its goal is really to create a feeling. It is my hope
that “Serenity” evokes the self-same mood that its title
purports to embody.
“Serenity” is a limited edition print
using the giclée method of printmaking. Print production
took place during August of 2002 at the artist’s own studio
in Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Serenity”
and are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing
the numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free 100% cotton Royal Riviera Rag paper measures
13x19 inches. Image size measures about 12x18 inches.