Released January 2010
At first glance, a bear appears to be too large to be fast and ferocious. Lumbering around, they may choose to eat berries instead of hunting down a meal. When threatened, however, bears will not hesitate to show their other, more lethal, personality. Mothers, in particular, will fight tooth and nail to defend the life of her cubs. The last thing a threat may see is a curl of a lip, the swat of a paw and the flash of her claws.
Covered head to toe in protective gear, a hockey goalie lumbers out of the dressing room encumbered by huge pads and gloves. While they may not be able to cover a great deal of ice quickly, the net is an area that is rigourously defended. A goalie shows skill by falling to the ice or swatting the puck away with a poke check. Under attack the play is often ended with the raising of an arm and a flash of leather.
I’ve chosen to include this print in the Spirits of Snow & Ice Collection which pays homage to the winter sports that take place in my hometown and all over much of British Columbia. The background image of the bear is done in respect of my Coast Salish ancestry and represents a spindle whorl design. The spindle whorl, I feel, is the perfect metaphor for weaving together our worlds.
The prints in this series bring together the four worlds present in our First Nations belief structure: The sky world represented by the dawning of a new day. The land world to which all the athletes in these images belong. The sea world evoked through the frozen waves of snow & ice. The spirit world guiding the athletes and giving them the characteristics of our sacred animals.
"Bear” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in January of 2010 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 221 prints bear the title “Bear” and are signed by Andy Everson: 200 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/200 through 200/200; 20 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s Proof. Numbers 1 through 50 in the primary edition and all Artist’s Proofs are available exclusively in limited edition matched box sets containing all 10 prints of the Spirits of Snow & Ice Collection. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures 11x17 inches. Image size measures about 9.5x14.5 inches.