I am You and You are Me (2008)

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EXHIBITION:

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This print is based on a line in an oral history of Raven travelling: I am you, that is also you, and the wisdom in Haida culture that when you point out a fault in someone, you’re actually pointing out the fault in yourself.

The two central design elements are reflections of each other, but they’re actually variations of each other. The design echoes the designs found in the ends of bent-wood chests and boxes, where the design elements are usually “non-conforming” and do not follow the conventional symmetrical nature of designs found on the fronts and backs.

There is not a single being depicted in the print, but kuugaan jaad (Mouse Woman) is prominent, as she is in bentwood boxes and chests.

–Robert Davidson