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U014.3.98
Artist / Maker : Cook, Rande ; K'alapa
Title : Elements Within I
Date (Execution) : 2004
Geographical Origin : 'Yalis (Alert Bay); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw, 'Namgis, Ma'amtagila, Mamalilikala
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : One of a series of four silkscreen prints; entitled "Elements Within I"; technique: bentwood box; red, black and beige animal design in Northwest Coast formline.
Accession # : U014.3.98
Width (cm) : 38.00
Height (cm) : 54.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "There are many ways of looking at a bentwood box of traditional design, and trying to decipher the meaning or see the figures. Being a student of the art form can be never ending. For me, it is something that naturally finds its way to the surface of my soul; it is there I express my feelings. Within this box design, Side I, is an interpretation of an eagle, and within that eagle is a mosquito (red design within the back). Elements Within II is my interpretation of a whale with a human within the form lines of the whale. Elements Within III is another mosquito with a human in its mouth. Elements Within IV are elements stacked with a human; the human is an interpretation of me and the season my hand is within the red is because of the power to show the art form from its mythical background. The red form line in I & II represents the spiritual side of the art or the spiritual side of the world. III & IV represent our natural world. If you look within IV you will see my initials RC, hidden in the right corner. Everybody has a box of treasures and this is one I would like to share with everyone to show that we are all spiritual one way or another. Within this box is the line between our spirituality and the world we live in today." --Rande Cook