Released April 2005
Nestled amongst the gravel, hundreds of tiny red-orange eggs thrive
on the life-giving oxygen fed to them by the swirling action of
the crystalline stream. For the Sockeye salmon and, indeed, all
five species of salmon found on the Northwest Coast, it is the stream
where their life journey will begin. For a good number it is also
where their journey will end.
It is amazing to comprehend the amount of information contained
within each individual egg. Reproductive cells from the mother and
the father fuse to form their offspring. The cells divide and grow
and carry genetic instructions to guide the salmon through its many
life stages. The tiny cells will also enable the salmon to remember
the odour of the exact stream in which it is conceived. This will
drive the salmon throughout its life and, ultimately, guide it to
return back to its place of birth.
“Beginning” is my rendition of this very start of life
for a salmon. For the many First Nations throughout the coast, the
salmon was given to us by the Creator as an integral source of food.
Going beyond food, however, the salmon is also seen as being related
to us and, as such, is given an incredible amount of respect.
One reason I created “Beginning” was the birth of my
son, Matthew. Adding joy with his dimpled smile, he brings with
him an incredibly bright future. Like the young salmon egg, he is
imprinted with a sense of place and a sense of belonging. Though
his life is just beginning, it is my hope that he will always know
where he is from.
“Beginning” is a limited edition print
using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released
in April of 2005 and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s
own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 56 prints bear the title “Beginning”
and are signed by Andy Everson: 50 in the primary edition bearing
the numbers 1/50 through 50/50; 5 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures
17x17.5 inches. Image size measures about 15x15 inches.