Art Card - Breath
Artist: Andy Everson
This beautiful art card was created by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka'wakw artist from the K'omoks First Nation.
"It’s such a simple act, we are rarely even aware of the presence of our own breathing. In some ways we take it for granted. We pollute our lungs with toxins and occasionally give them respite in the sweet air of our natural environment. For many, it is not until things go wrong that we start to take note and count how many breaths we have left. The sudden awareness of one’s own mortality demands us to savour each coming breath as a gift." - Andy Everson
The card measures 9 1/2" by 6 1/2".
About The Artist
Andy Everson was born in Comox B.C. in 1972 and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. His cultural interests lay with both his Comox and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing, and even the pursuit of a Master's degree in anthropology. Andy feels that my artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments.
Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, his first serious attempt wasn't until 1990 when He started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons he has tried to follow in the footsteps of m Kwakiutl relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.