Released July 2003
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. “Ancestral Code” is
the second of a series of prints focusing on the Chilkat face.
Scientists have determined that we are essentially made up of
strands of DNA. At the same time, social scientists have claimed
that culture is a purely learned behaviour and is essentially disconnected
from our biology. In “Ancestral Code,” I aim to show
that our culture goes much deeper than that. We believe that our
culture is embedded in our deepest core. If that means it’s
in our DNA, then so be it.
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 face in the “Ancestral Code.”
“Ancestral Code” is a limited edition
print using the giclée method of printmaking. Print production
took place at SkyDancer Studio in Comox B.C. and was released in
July of 2003. The artist was involved throughout the printing process.
A total of 45 prints bear the title “Ancestral Code”
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 primary edition was printed on acid-free 100% cotton
rag Hahnemühle Torchon paper and measures about 21x21inches.
Image size measures about 19x19 inches.