Released January 2010
Wolves, of course, are predators. They travel in packs, they hunt in packs and they kill in packs. When they spot their prey, they cover ground quickly, instinctively knowing where each other must be in order to have a successful hunt. Circling their victim, they communicate when to pounce. They attack their prey with precision, relying on each other for success. In a moment, they strike; a moment later, it is over.
Hockey, too, has its predators. Successful teams have skilled players that work together in unison. They carry the puck in a rush across their blue line, through centre ice. They enter the offensive zone, passing the puck to one another without thinking. Cycling in the corners, they turn their opponent around, all the while ready to pounce. The players strike without warning, shooting the puck into the net. She shoots, she scores.
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 wolf 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.
"Wolf” 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 “Wolf” 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.