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U014.3.144
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Raelene
Date (Execution) : 1999
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. Image of a human form and a wolf in peaches, blues and golds on black background.
Accession # : U014.3.144
Width (cm) : 41.50
Height (cm) : 57.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "I notice you from afar, always standing outside my periphery, the most amazing beauty, so quickly I would turn away. Your eyes most haunting, calling me, so familiar from lifetimes ago. Who are you? And why do I remember you... The calling is closer and the whispers clearer, I am so drawn to you. And when we meet, without thought I listen, watch and inhale your place where you breathe from, and I am so indescribably moved inside myself from a place that has not ever been touched. Only through the highest honour that I know, I knew that I had to paint the way I feel, my love, my fascination, my appreciation, my gratitude that you are you and I was able to listen. The image in this print is symbolic of beauty, quiet strength and upraised endurance. Also symbolized by the eagle, the hummingbird and the flower is the ability to be in relationship with all creatures of the world. Hence they are depicted closely to and in balance with the woman. The wolf is symbolic of Kawadelekala, from whom I am descended, and it is wrapped around the image of quiet strength. In the top corners is the full moon and he crescent moon existing in simultaneous balance." -- Francis Dick