Wings of Time
Acrylic/enamel paintings on wood panels
One painting depicts a bird wing and the other an airplane wing over landscape viewed from above. The images show how the landscapes have changed in relation to colonization. The first image is a natural birds wing painted in a west coast First Nations art style, framed with oak, soaring above an unscathed landscape. The waterways were important means of transportation for the First Peoples of the land, especially for the Dakelh people who travelled by dugout, moose hide and birch bark canoes. In the second painting, an airplane wing is created with a metallic enamel spray paint. The use of the west coast First Nations style indicates the First Nations resiliency and convergence in adapting to new technologies and cultural norms. This piece is also framed in a titanium coloured nickel alloy above a landscape full of cut blocks, roads and well sites. The use of the airplane indicates the modernization of transportation. Through the framing, materials and juxtaposition a connection is implied between the resources used in the creation of the paintings and the subject matter.
All images © Jennifer Annaïs Pighin