17″ x 15″ yellow cedar, abalone shell inlay, stained. The inside measurement is cut out for an 11″ x 9″ insert.
This piece was part of a solo exhibition at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, “Filling Empty Spaces: Attraction and Distraction” In this show, I use my artwork to represent the numerous and erroneous ways we fill an emptiness within. For each piece, I name what we pursue, followed by what it is we really seek.
This piece is titled, “Status: Seeking Integrity.” The carvings represents a shakee.at (headdress), with the thin abalone strips representing the walrus whiskers that extend from the top of the shakee.at, and surrounded by abalone inlays. But the central part is missing, and the designs are actually carved in reverse bas relief, having no meaning.