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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Breaking Thru
Date (Execution) : 1995
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : First Nations formline technique. Black, grey, white, teal and red colours. Circle in the centre.
Accession # : U014.3.139
Width (cm) : 45.50
Height (cm) : 48.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Breaking Thru is a design I created to symbolize my experience and my need to move through shifting emotional patters directly related to the political arena of the 'potlatch' system. The disharmony that I perceive among various people within the system impacts on me in a negative way. This causes me to seek ways to change how I am in relationship with something that I have no control over outside of me. The process represented in this print continues to be my experience of moving energy through a place of confinement. The sacredness of the circle and that within it, the eagle, the moon, and the oolican, move in a cycle of life. However, conflict created by individuals creates another reality where the cycle is one of separation, division and the struggle for power that is destructive rather than a power that is giving of life. Inside the center of the circle is a full moon, tao-like, representing the duality and balance of existence within each living creature. The eagle is strength, wisdom, freedom. The oolican, which was a main food of the Kingcome people, represents the richness of my culture, and the time that this fish gifted to us from our creator, was bountiful and plentiful to fill the bellies of my people. Today the river of Kingcome runs scarce of the oolican. Outside the circle, breaking through, are the eagles' talons underneath , and the wings wanting no longer to continue the round and round, seemingly going nowhere. Outside there is movement, life, changes, breath, and air, breaking through and moving on." -- F.D.