Released July 2012
For those of you that know me, I grew up obsessed with toys. Although I did play some video games later on in life, toys were my escape. I could and would entertain myself for hours. I would build, construct, setup and play. I would collect and, most importantly, I would imagine. It is this imagination--more so than any artistic talents or abilities--that has gotten me to where I am as an artist today.
Now, as an adult, I encourage kids to play--to not give it up so easily. Our society rushes kids too much nowadays. Theyâ€™re encouraged to put down their toy guns and pick up real ones. Theyâ€™re enticed to drop their dolls in order to apply their makeup. Theyâ€™re teased and pressured to eschew their toys in favour of adult pursuits. For far too many, their imagination is cut short in a rush to be adults. I feel no shame that I continued to play and collect toys as a young teenager. I know that it is because of this that my imagination continues to overflow. With the pressures of modern life, it doesnâ€™t get much better than that!
With my history with toys, I wanted to do a self-portrait of me as a mini-figure. On my head, I wear a yaÌ±xwiweâ€™ similar to one I recently carved and wear proudly when I dance the tlaâ€™sala. On my body is a copy of the tunic that I just finished painting. It was done in honour of my Hunt family ancestry. My grannyâ€™s great grandmother, Mary Ebbetts, or AnisaÌ±lagÌ±a was a chilkat weaver who married Hudsonâ€™s Bay worker Robert Hunt. He came over on the ship, the â€œNorman Morrison,â€ depicted along the bottom of the garment. He brought AnisaÌ±lagÌ±a from Fort Tongass to Fort Rupert--symbolized by the bastions on either side of the ship. Her main crest was the raven from the Drifted-Ashore House of the Tongass Tlingit. Their oldest son, George Hunt, became chief of the SaÌ±ntÅ‚am through marriage until his son David was old enough. This is the "sun-beam" clan of the Kwag'uÅ‚ and is represented by the ring around the neck. George's daughter, Emily, married into the Gigalgam of the Walas Kwag'uÅ‚ whose original ancestor came down wearing a sun mask so the sun rays have dual meaning....
â€œSelf-Portraitâ€ is a limited edition print using the giclÃ©e method of printmaking. This print was released in July of 2012 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artistâ€™s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title "Self-Portraitâ€ and are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artistâ€™s Proof; and 1 Printerâ€™s Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures 11x17 inches. Image size measures about 9.5x15 inches.