When considering the media of fine art, a white plastic pail doesn't readily come to mind. But the working definition of what is considered fine art has become more broad with the expansion of emerging artists trying to break free of a constricting mold. The concept of elaborately decorated pieces used in everyday life such as bentwood boxes, button blankets and masks, has been tradition within Northwest Coast cultural production. So when Kwakwaka'wakw artist Clinton Work decided to hand-carve a white plastic bucket, which is a utilitarian object, it made perfect sense.
Clint titles the piece Clamming Bucket Circa 2011, a clever description of a useful modern day object. The outside of the bucket is intricately carved, creating depth within the piece and leaving the bucket looking luminescent. The bottom of the bucket is carved with four symmetrical human faces where the water and sand in a clamming bucket would be filtered. The rim of the pail is adorned with hand-woven red cedar bark, red felt and hand-carved plastic buttons.
This exceptionally creative piece is part of Silver, our 25th Anniversary Show. It measures 14 1/2" x 12" and is available for $4,200.00 CAD. Come down to the gallery and take a look at what Clint and all the other amazing artists have created - the show is on display until June 30, 2011.