Released November 2005
In 1888, my great-grandfather, Chief Charles Mountain
Wilson, left his home village of Fort Rupert on a sealing expedition
in Japan. Over the course of several years, he returned a total
of three times and on one trip, stayed there for three years. He
learned many Japanese customs, explored the growing metropolis of
Yokohama and met a special woman. Through this relationship, he
fathered two daughters who ultimately stayed in Japan when he returned
to his ancestral homeland.
My grandmother would often talk about her half-sisters: wondering
what they were doing, contemplating if they had had any children,
questioning if they had lived through the turmoil of war and yearning
to meet them. When I took Japanese in high school, she beamed with
pride that I was learning the language of her sisters.
“Rising Sun” represents a fraction of the beauty that
can be found in Japan: the iconic symbols of the pink cherry blossoms,
the graceful cranes and the distinctive architecture. At its heart,
it also explores the national symbol of the country—the rising
sun. In my mind I can imagine my grandfather Wasamala and his daughters
looking to the east over the ocean to where the sun rises. Having
already passed over Kwakiutl territory, it comes up, tearing through
the morning fog and lighting up the land. The Kwakiutl sun shines
on its displaced descendants.
“Rising Sun” is a limited edition print using the giclée
method of printmaking. This print was released in November of 2005
and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s own studio in
Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Rising Sun”
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 mould-made Albrecht Dürer paper measures
13x19 inches. Image size measures about 8.5x17.5 inches.