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Bill Reid Gallery Presents
New Exhibition Ts’msyen Transforming
April 24, 2014 - Just as Bill Reid introduced repoussé to Northwest Coast Art, Ts’msyen artist
Morgan Green now introduces breathtaking examples of hollow-form jewelry in her solo exhibition
at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, opening Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
Ts'msyen Transforming reveals sophisticated works of art and personal adornment, in which Green
honours the values, classical art and design of the Ts’mysen people, while using classic European
gold smithing, bronze casting and fashion design techniques.
Green’s work is deeply rooted in her ancestral heritage. She takes her role as a Ts'msyen artist
very seriously, and transforms various materials into works of art that respect and communicate
family crests and oral histories.
Works in this exhibition were developed, designed and constructed over several months, and in
some cases, years. Green has benefited from formal mentorships with her father, Henry Green,
Ts'msyen master carver; Rick Adkins, Haida master engraver; and Gerold Muller, a German
goldsmith and principal of Vancouver Metal Arts School.
For her inspiration, Green draws on her experience growing up close to nature, exploring the flora
and fauna, and fishing on the Skeena River and ocean. Eagles, ravens, killer whales, and other
beings appear in her work.
In the words of Curator, Kwiaahwah Jones, “ Ts'msyen Transforming is an important evolutionary
step in the development of personal adornment for Northwest Coast Art. Morgan Green has
successfully brought together the best of both Indigenous and European cultures to evolve into
beautiful contemporary examples of what can happen when ideas and cultural knowledge work
Ts’msyen Transforming will be at the Bill Reid Gallery April 30, 2014 to September 14, 2014.
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