(Wealth of the Seas) - Black Travel WalletErnest Swanson (Haida)
"Artists often adapt a compositions to fit a chosen shape or space. This is a very old convention in Northwest Coast Native art. Figures may be abstracted to fill the space, sometimes until the representation is recognizable only by key elements, or, occasionally, until it is no longer recognizable at all...[T]his practice allowed artists to accommodate designs to the shape of any functional object [such as bentwood box]. In contemporary graphic art, the practice is common even in purely ornamental and two-dimensional graphic art, where the artist has relative freedom of choice in determining the shape and space of the work" (Shearar 2000:124-125). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols
Dimensions: 7" x 4 1/4" x 1/2"
Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)