Sunday, July 06, 2008
Bill Reid's sculpture The Raven and The First Men, showing part of a Haida creation myth. The Raven represents the Trickster figure common to many mythologies. The work is in the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver.
* "In Northwest coast art, perhaps more than in any other art, there's an impulse to push things as far as possible."
* "Haida artists worked mostly within a rigid, formal system, but occasionally burst out and did crazy, wild things which out-crazied the other people of the coast."
* "They weren't bound by the silly feeling that it's impossible for two figures to occupy the same space at the same time."