Dave Parsanishi - Mamaaɫni (A Transformation Mask)

Size: 40 x 54 x 9 inches
Mixed Media Scuplture with wood, recycled material, archival photographs

Current location: Vancouver

Please contact the gallery for more information on this work.

Coming from conversations with Nuu-chah-nulth carvers, elders and language teachers,
I contrast the traditional transformation mask with the Canadian attempt to transform
First Nations people by “removing the Indian from the child.” This is a process of my own
reconciliation to the actions of my culture. With the mirrored eyes, I invite/challenge the viewer to see themselves both as the perpetrator and in the focus of the perpetrator.

Recipient of the Salt Spring National Art Prize People's Choice Awards, 3rd Prize – $1,000

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