Released October 2005
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about salmon preservation.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans say the salmon returns are
too low to sustain a large harvest. Commercial fishermen, witnessing
the catch by the Aboriginal fishermen, balk at the DFO and say there
is more than enough. The reality is, no one really knows. Our environment
and our interaction with it are out of balance.
Although seemingly a romantic notion, my ancestors truly maintained
a balanced and almost symbiotic relationship with the environment.
They harvested salmon in great numbers (much more than many would
think!), but also allowed adequate escapement to ensure that the
population would continue to flourish.
Balance represents the equilibrium between the salmon and my ancestors.
Central to the picture are two salmon. The upper one is going up
river to spawn while the lower is returning to the sea. Behind the
salmon is a cedar weaving, symbolic of my Kwakwaka’wakw ancestors
weaving their culture with the environment.
“Balance” is a limited edition print using the giclée
method of printmaking. Print production took place during October
of 2005 at the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of
166 prints bear the title “Balance” and are signed by
Andy Everson: 150 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/150
through 150/150; 15 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures
5.25x13 inches. Image size measures about 4.15x12 inches.