Echo

Echo

Ben Davidson (Haida)
Regular price CAD $475.00

Artist Statement:

My fathers understanding of Greatest Echo, is that this supernatural being has the ability to echo the past and bring it into the future. We dance the Greatest Echo masks to remind ourselves of our responsibility to learn the knowledge of the previous generations and to make that knowledge meaningful in our daily lives.

Yellow is echoed in each of these prints. It represents the knowledge of our ancestors. Our knowledge was strong before contact. It was passed from generation to generation without threat. Attempts to assimilate us and erase our identities through colonization resulted in our knowledge being muted; this was a dark period in our history. However, despite this, we continued to pass on our knowledge to our children. Today, our connection to this ancient knowledge is emerging once again. We must continue to move forward, but, as my tsinii told my father, “You have to look back once and a while to see where you came from, so you can always find your way back.”

BEN DAVIDSON (HAIDA) Close

Ben Davidson, whose Haida name is tlajang nang kingaas ("the one who is known far away"), is the son of internationally renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson. He began carving at the early age of sixteen, and completed a four-year apprenticeship program with Robert. He has also worked with artists Reg Davidson and John Livingstone. Ben specializes in three-dimensional wood sculpture. However, he also has experience with two-dimensional works and is currently expanding his repertoire to include jewellery and engraving. His piece, “a Chief seat”, was included in the exhibition Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art. Ben is committed to the revival of Haida art and culture by mentoring young students, and being heavily involved in the traditional Haida dance group“ The Rainbow Creek Dancers”. His extensive experience as an original member of this group has allowed him to explore the relationship between Haida art and culture further. Ben currently resides in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii where he owns a gallery, All About U Arts.