Released November 2004
When I was going to university in Vancouver, I would come home
on many weekends and holidays to visit my family in Comox. Living
in the “Big City” was an exciting—but often lonely—time
in my life. The tall buildings and the sometimes cold reception
from others would make me yearn for a simpler and more welcoming
existence back home. Studying anthropology seemed so remote from
the realities of life on a modern Indian reserve. I longed for the
warmth that only love from your family and participation in your
culture can bring.
This print represents my many homecomings: my grandma’s eyes
lighting up when I would walk in to see her; my mom and dad picking
me up at the ferry and driving me home from Nanaimo; and eating
enormous holiday dinners with my brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles,
nieces, nephews and cousins. These were truly joyous times that
reminded me that I was part of something much bigger than my individual
goals and aspirations.
In “Homecoming,” the main figure in the foreground
is paddling to his home village during a cold, snowy, moonlit night.
In the distance, a growing crowd can be seen lining up in front
of the main Bighouse. The family—led by a chief in full ceremonial
regalia—eagerly awaits the arrival of the canoe puller. In
my imagination—and buoyed by my own experiences with family—this
is a scene that was played out many thousands of times throughout
the coast and in the villages of my ancestors.
“Homecoming” is a limited edition print
using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released
in November of 2004 and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s
own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Homecoming”
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 Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures
13x19 inches. Image size measures 11x17 inches.