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Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Spiritual Truth
Date (Execution) : 1998
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. Circular image on black background in purple, blue, orange and white. Multiple faces, including a human with a white tear drop on the left side.
Accession # : U014.3.142
Width (cm) : 53.00
Height (cm) : 49.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Though all of my prints have evolved from personal process, the process that 'Spiritual Truth' evolved from is unlike any other process from which my work has been created. Throughout one's life, some might call certain events, 'opportunities' to work through unresolved wounds from the past. For me, the event behind this piece, brought with it abuse of position and power as well as countless triggers of past abuse, by people throughout my childhood, armed with their authority as their tools and their predatory nature sought to use exploit, and take advantage of me. This piece resulted from my attempt to resolve a conflict, through a white system of justice which theoretically assumes responsibility to deal with the professional behavior of its members. The outcome of this experience to date has affirmed my earlier belief that justice and fairness through a white judicial system is impossible. Of course this conjures up all kinds of questions in my mind about the workings of such a process. I wounder if issues such as racism, sexism,education, and/ or professional status are determinants in factoring the outcome in the search for justice. However, my belief in my self to maintain clarity dignity, and to honour my truth throughout this process was also affirmed. I believe that in the larger picture, there is a place where the truth is known and justice is served... 'Spiritual Truth'. One design in this print is Raven, the Clan from which my grandmother came and who was a woman of nobility, power, and recognized for her strength and Cultural influence. There are two whales which represent the name of a mountain across form the Kingcome village named 'gwałgwa yam nukw' (mountain owning whales). Another image is a woman's face which weeps for both the pain and joy that life brings, which honors women who truly walk in spirit." --F.D.