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Su­san Point: Spindle Whorl is run­ning un­til May 28, 2017 at the Van­cou­ver Art Gal­le­ry. Su­san Point is to the Mus­queam and Coast Sa­lish what Bill Reid is to the Hai­da. Al­most single-han­ded­ly she has re­vi­ved Coast Sa­lish vi­sual culture and in the end pro­du­ced pro­found­ly beau­ti­ful works bro­ke­red with ori­gi­na­li­ty.

Star­ting out by dra­wing silk screen prints on her kit­chen table af­ter working all day as a le­gal se­cre­ta­ry Point has now wor­ked in ma­ny me­dia in­clu­ding se­ri­graphs, glass, wood, stain­less steel, bronze and con­crete.

She has re­cei­ved nu­me­rous pu­blic art com­mis­sions. In 1995 she ins­tal­led the world's lar­gest Coast Sa­lish spindle whorl with a 4.8 metre dia­me­ter and two Mus­queam wel­come fi­gures, 5.2 metres in height in the Van­cou­ver air­port ter­mi­nal. Point has al­so crea­ted work for the 2010 Olym­pics and the gates for Stan­ley Park.

When Su­san Point de­ci­ded to re­vive Coast Sa­lish art forms they had all but va­ni­shed ex­cept for examples in mu­seums and ar­chives and so she spent years lear­ning the forms and styles and now ap­plies them with stun­ning re­sults.

The ex­hi­bi­tion consists of over 100 prints and sculp­tu­ral works that take the spindle whorl as their star­ting point. Spindle whorls are a uni­ver­sal tool, a round disc with a hole in it that is still used in the spin­ning pro­cess to create fa­bric. Coast Sa­lish spindle whorls were of­ten de­co­ra­ted.

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