Mother and Daughter - Unframed 17 x 22
Artist: Andy Everson
It isn’t always big family treasures and secrets that are passed down, either. It’s the little things: brushing and braiding hair, canning salmon and baking cookies. It’s the long walks and the talks about boys. It’s digging clams together in the stillness of the night. It’s the womanly acknowledgement of starting menstruation. It’s the unsaid words that only women can understand and us men are left clueless.
It’s about shopping and going to “girly” movies together. It’s the sessions of hot cocoa or the tea parties with stuffed animals. It’s knowing and understanding that hearts will break and will mend. It’s sympathy for bloating and for mood swings....
As they age, the relationship reverses and the daughter starts to care for the mother. I was able to witness this firsthand as my mom began to care for her mom. There is something equally magical about the compassion of a daughter tending to her own mother’s needs. The mother is at once grateful and at the same time ashamed that it had to be like this. Such is the bond between a mother and a daughter.
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.