Raven Skyriver: SURGE
Opening Reception: First Thursday, September 7th, 6-8pm
Young glass maestro Raven Skyriver (Tlingit) returns for an exhibition of sea-life from oceans and river systems that are threatened by pollution, ocean acidification, and over-fishing. Skyriver was born in the San Juan Islands in Northwest Washington, raised with a constant connection to nature. In his life he has seen that the Puget Sound and wider Salish Sea are the foundation of life in this region. The health of the Sound is the health of our rivers; its health is the health of our watershed. All water systems are connected, and if one is threatened and compromised, so are they all.
While the ecological status of our world seas and rivers leaves Skyriver heartbroken, he also believes that one of the ways we can bring back their health is through education. Skyriver creates these sculptures in order to bring us face to face–eye to eye–with the majesty and intelligence of species we rarely see. When we form personal relationships to wildlife we empathise more deeply, we keep them in mind, and we care about their health, their safety and their future.
Skyriver captures the sleek engineering of sea creatures, their sense of coiled and waiting motion. Denizens of the deep are extraordinary biological propulsion machines. In the hands of a technically astounding glass blower, glass is a medium that allows us to relate to these animals and wonder at their forms.