Framed Art Card - Connections (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
Take a deep breath. Feel the air flow into your lungs. Let it nourish your body. Return the air to the world by gently exhaling. Connect.
Now reflect on where that air came from. Those same molecules that make up this air have been inhaled by your friends, neighbours and family. They also nourished your ancestors long ago. Those exact gases have entered the lungs of the creatures that surround us—from the tiniest of insects to the greatest of whales. Once exhaled, it is absorbed by plants where it is cleansed and transformed—only to be carried away by the winds. On this little blue planet amongst the endless entirety of the universe, we share so much. This is connection.
My K’omoks ancestors have a profound bond to the territory that has sustained us since time immemorial. They wrote songs in praise of the environment and paid homage to the creatures of the land, sea and air. One of my grandfather’s main crests was the killer whale and actually saw one in the clouds above the glacier as a premonition before he passed. I was born a few short months later. This is connection.
Last summer, residents of the Comox Valley were surprised to see a lone transient orca enter the harbour and remain here for nearly two weeks. It caused us to reflect on the world around us—to become aware of our small part in the larger world. How are our actions and inactions threatening the killer whale population? What can we do to ensure that our descendants get to experience the same world as we do—from the largest of whales to the tiniest of insects? This is connection.
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.