£24.95 | $34.95
28 x 23 cm | 9 x 11 in
130 ills | 160 pages
Editors Ian Thom, Grant Arnold
Foreword Kathleen S Bartels
Born in British Columbia, Susan Point is an artist who works using a spindle whorl in the tradition of Indigenous Coast Salish art. Point grew up on the Musqueam Indian Reserve, joining a group of artists interested in reviving the traditions of Coast Salish art and design in the 1980s and subsequently tought herself how to create artworks using a spindle whorl (a carved, circular plate attached to a wooden spindle).
The versatility of the spindle whorl is demonstrated by its multifaceted use in Point’s work, from two-dimensional pieces (such as paper screen prints) to the traditional three- dimensional media of glass, rawhide drums, wool, and wood carvings. Point’s mixed-media use of the spindle whorl is widely credited as having introduced the tool into modern art practice.
This title is part of a wider Black Dog Publishing project that aims to document and celebrate the work of Indigenous Canadian artists such as Tony Anguhalluq (Rocky Grassy Mountain in June), Charles Edenshaw (Charles Edenshaw), Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (The Seriousness of Play) and Kent Monkman (The Four Continents). This survey of Point’s work has been curated by Grant Arnold (Curator of British Columbia Art at the vancouver Art Gallery) and Ian Thom (Senior Curator at the vancouver Art Gallery), with a commentary discussing the spindle whorl in the broader context of Canadian modern art by Kathleen Bartels (Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery).