Released December 2007
For many of us, cleansing entails hopping into a nice comforting
shower or drawing a hot bath. We start our days with these little
rituals that are so embedded in our day-to-day life that we pay
them no mind. For others, cleansing has a whole other meaning.
From the outside these other methods may look similar and entirely
physical. Quite the opposite, this cleansing draws in the spirit
world and connects us to the practices of our ancestors.
Ritual cleansing varies greatly across North America. Some First
Nations, for instance, utilize smudging to cleanse and protect
themselves and others. This entails washing with the smoke of sacred
plants such as sage or sweetgrass. Others enter sweatlodges to
bathe in steam and connect with their ancestors. Here they may be
gifted visions as part of their cleansing.
Since time immemorial, my ancestors have bathed in our rivers
and streams. Entering frigid waters our people would wash themselves
within the lifegiving force of the river. This prepared them for
the possibility of capsizing in their canoes. More importantly,
however, it was and is a ritual cleansing that binds them to their
ancestors. It is a spiritual journey—the river washes away
the bad and imbues the bather with profound inner strength. Through
cleansing, we are able to enter the stream human and emerge as
“Cleansing” is a limited edition print using
method of printmaking. This print was released in December of 2007
and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s own studio in
Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Cleansing” 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
17x22 inches. Image size measures about 14x18.5 inches.