Rande Cook, a recent MFA graduate, has been on a path of exploring many art forms and developed a new found passion while creating his own signature style. His exploration is about connecting culture and ecology, and he discovers a beautiful symbiotic relationship capturing its very essence in new mediums.
Bridging the past with the modern, where ecology meets form.
The understanding of Kwakwaka’wakw culture with understanding all living ecosystems and the life that has been forming for thousands of years within the forests. Roots network systems passing information from tree to tree creates a living energy force that feeds the world we know from above. Traditionally this energy is known as spiritual or supernatural. The green formline ties this living ecosystem together between all living things from beneath the soil and the plants we see growing above. The raw Siena colour is the soil, we dance on this soil barefoot to be as close as we can to this living energy/force, Mother Earth. The ochre is symbolic in purifying and protecting children and preparing one for death as the circle of life. The face is this spirit, that draws on all the nutrients from below and passes it to the plants and trees above.
Carved yellow and red cedar, paint, cedar bark, mother of pearl
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Leaf Modern Gallery
2624 Bridge Street Victoria B.C.