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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Walking Thru My Fires
Date (Execution) : 1992/11/01
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Print; Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black background. Circular design. Red fire like surrounding with red moon in left corner. Two purples in design with white and some red. Wolf person is in centre looking right.
Accession # : U998.7.58
Width (cm) : 63.50
Height (cm) : 48.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This design is a phoenix rising from the fires. The faces in the circle are different faces of anger , the face in the phoenix represents my connection to one of the most important people in my life. In the wing of the phoenix is the moon, in the fullness of the moon is the crescent moon, in the moon is a figure of a young woman being lifted from the fires, the young woman is a self portrait of myself. In the center, in all the darkness I sit with a wolf headdress. The wolf represents Kawadelekala, the first people of the Kingcome Inlet, a legend belonging to my family. The red in the belly represents the anger inside of me. In spite of the darkness that surrounds me, I sit upon a light which represents faith that I believe I have always had through the difficult times in my life, although I don't always feel this faith. The fire surrounding the designs and the fire ball that sits on the wing of the phoenix represents the varying degrees of anger I sometimes feel.'Walking Thru My Fires' is an expression of my experience journeying within myself, facing my fears and reclaiming back my spirit and power. Before I am able to reclaim back my power I believe it is necessary for myself to acknowledge, own, understand and honor my many faces of anger. I shared my design with some individuals before I decided to get it printed. I asked their thoughts of using a phoenix that is not a part of our ancestry. They felt that 'Walking Thru My Fires' is in fact a cultural piece because I am expressing my experience through design, a traditional way of storytelling. My ancestors created new experiences through design before European contact, just as I am living in a system foreign to my spirit." - Francis