Giclée Edition 75 Released March 2011
Throughout our lives we all undergo many transformations. Some come about through our own desire for change and others are thrust upon us. Some transformations are cosmetic, while others represent real sacrifice. In triathlon, for instance, swimmers exit the water to undergo a mental and physical transformation into cyclists known as Transition One.
Transformations can also be very frightening. A cancer diagnosis can send ripples down your spine as you are confronted with the choice to fight or to give up. Those that have had cancer and beaten it are changed because of it. An all-clear from their doctor elevates them into the clouds where they soar as eagles. Those, too, who succumb to the disease are transformed to take their place on the other side of the veil between this world and the next.
In “Transition One,” the diving killer whale morphs into the flying eagle. Negative and positive space perform a dance that represents the thinness of the veil between life and death, between dream and reality. This print is dedicated to all those who have undergone transformation and who have left the grips of the water to soar into the sky.
“Transition One” was created to aid in the fundraising efforts of Ironteam Cops for Cancer, a team of police officers and civilian members who raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society and compete in Ironman Canada.
“Transition One” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in March of 2011 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 83 prints bear the title “Transition One” and are signed by Andy Everson: 75 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/75 through 75/75; 7 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures 17x22 inches. Image size measures about 8.8x20 inches.
Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Andy has also had the honour of being seated with the ‘Na̱mg̱is T̓sit̓sa̱ł'walag̱a̱me' name of Ḵ̓wa̱mxa̱laga̱lis I'nis. Influenced heavily by his grandmother, he has always been driven to uphold the traditions of both the K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw First Nations. In this regard, Andy has pursued avenues where he can sing traditional songs and perform ceremonial dances at potlatches and in a number of different dance groups, most notably the Le-La-La Dancers, the Gwa'wina Dancers and the K’umugwe Dancers.
Pursuing other areas of traditional culture has also led Andy to complete a Master’s degree in anthropology. Because the K’ómoks First Nation lies on the border between the larger Salish and Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw realms, his thesis focused on notions and expressions of contemporary Comox identity. His work in anthropology provided him with a background in linguistics which subsequently inspired him to create a company, Copper Canoe, Inc, that specialized in the creation of Aboriginal language media.
Andy feels that his artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments. Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, Andy's first serious attempt wasn’t until 1990 when he started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons, he has tried to follow in the footsteps of his Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors. The ability to create and print most of his own work has allowed Andy to explore and express his ancestral artwork in a number of contemporary ways