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Artist / Maker : Adkins, Richard
Title : Our Heart's Sing
Date (Execution) : 1979
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : White design on a dark blue background comprised of horizontal lines forming an image of two figures intertwined.
Accession # : U993.26.92
Width (cm) : 59.50
Height (cm) : 53.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of G.A. Mintz
Artist Statement : " In Northwest Coast mythology of the pre-contact days the killer whale represented death. In the myths they would often disguise themselves as deadheads and capsize boats, then drag the occupants to the bottom of the sea. These myths are logical when you take into account the relationship of the people of the northwest coast to the sea at that time. The sea represented the unknown - the abyss- in which whales seemed to appear and disappear. In accordance with this reality, traditional handling of a whale motif demand hard black and red form lines. However, for me personally this reality has changed. After watching whales eat food from their trainer's hand at an aquarium and seeing their everyday life on film they no longer seem frightening. My whales are free and they have the power to disappear to the other side of the globe. They rejoice in themselves and the world around them. Their hearts sing." (Statement provided by Potlatch Presents)