Framed Art Card - Silence (12" x 9")
Artist: Andy Everson
The water flickers with the light of the moon. The wind out in the strait is uncharacteristically calm. Three brothers continue their tasks without a sound—silence. Mind you, the silence is not uncomfortable—everyone has their job to do. Even the moon knows that it is helping by lighting up the otherwise black night. No, the silence offers the brothers a chance to bond in a way that only brothers can. A common pursuit, a common lineage: solidarity, sodality and silence on a moonlit night.
Like my grandfather before me, I grew up the youngest in the family. My brothers would tease me and my sisters would nurture me. With such a gap in age between us boys, I really didn’t have that much in common with my two brothers, Rob and Rick. Adulthood, however, is the great equalizer. We now have much more in common. When we sit on the drum log together we sing the ancient songs of our family. When I need help building a deck, the bros come with tools in hand. When hundreds of food fish arrive in the middle of summer, the boys get together outside to cut and fillet the fish. Most of the time there is ample laughter, memories shared and jokes told. For brief moments, though, there are times of pure silence. I relish those times and embed them in my mind. Sometimes it is the silence that allows us to realize who we really are and what is truly important.
My feelings of brotherhood extend well beyond Rob and Rick—my parents also raised many others. This print echoes the noise and the silence of Rob, Rick, Danny-boy, Greg, Jamie, Mike, Dan, Donovan, Reggie, Don and my newest little bro, Jessie.
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.