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U014.3.138
Artist / Maker : Dick, Francis
Title : Comes a Woman
Date (Execution) : 1994
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. Woman standing with her arms up, designs in her body, headdress on, feather in her left hand and sun/moon hovering over her right hand. Wings/cloth descending downward from her arms.
Accession # : U014.3.138
Width (cm) : 56.00
Height (cm) : 75.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Comes a Woman [Italicized] is a design I created to honour my journey as well as the journey of other women who continuously search within self to gather our own power. Power of spirit, truth and light, rather than power of deception, exploitation and darkness. Comes a Woman [Italicized] is a celebration of woman's spiritual awakenings world-wide. This woman rises form the water that is alive with vibrant, strong healing energy and spirit, just as the woman who rises from her. She has in her body the wolf, Kawadelekala who my family and I are direct descendants of; and eagle which represents my youngest brother Jesse who ended his own life in 1986. My memories of Jesse and his spirit continue to be much needed strength through my continuous journey on this planet. The eagle also represents my closest friend, Debora. I love, trust, honour, and respect who she is in the world and in my life. The woman in the print has wings of an eagle which represent our ability to eventually fly beyond our places of stagnation; the faces on her chest represent sprit faces. There is a heart in the woman's throat because she reminds me that finding my voice to speak from my heart, the secrets in my life that stifle my spirit, was the beginning of my healing process. She has upon her head a crown of quartz crystals, to acknowledge the relationship I am developing with crystals; also, in one of the stories from the Nimpkish people, a young boy acquired the power to fly from quartz crystals that had rained on him from a mountain in the Nimpkish valley. She touches the moon, for she has a passion for her! Grandmother Moon! She holds an eagle feather to signify coming into her own power, finding her own strength, from oppression to freedom. " -- Francis Dick