- Object Origin:
- Coast Salish
- Gerry Sheena
- Red Cedar, Abalone inlay (10.5 x 8.5 x 6 in.)
- Archived Artwork
- $1885 USD (SOLD)
This mythical mask is an honoured tribute to the generations of Native Chiefs, elders and shamans that have been the gardians of the worlds greatest Salmon spawning run. Each detail in this outstanding mask is deeply fine line carved while the Salmon's eyes are inlayed with Abalone shells.
Gerry's biggest influence was his older brother, Roger Swakium. He recalls having spent much of his time watching his brother carve. He credits watching the carving process as his biggest factor in his own success. Although born of Salish descent, Gerry has carved a variety of styles. He used his own creativity and this has led to his unique style of carving. He has been carving for the last 13 years. He has carved masks, bowls, rattles, plaques and various size totem poles. Since 1998, Gerry has been working and mentoring youth in the Collingwood Community, creating public art. The Synala Totem Pole, the Multicultural Gateway and the Guardian of the Park have been completed by Gerry and the youth carvers: Luis, Phillip and Marie.