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Maya Xa La

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  • Edition Size:
  • 140 signed and numbered, 14 artist's proofs, 1 printer's proof
  • Paper Size:
  • 43 x 56 cm, 17 x 22 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 37 x 47 cm, 14.5 x 18.5 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 1991

Maya Xa La is a Kwakwala word, meaning 'to honour'. This print is a self portrait of Francis Dick at the age of eleven. She sits on a bentwood box grieving for her mother who died four years earlier; however, she is surrounded with strength from her spiritual guides - Kawadelekala, the wolf on her left, and the eagle representing the soul of her brother, Jesse on her right. The small black face next to the wolf represents the human world.
Over the years, Francis has been deeply involved in a personal process of self discovery. She believes that each individual has the child within and is acknowledging her own childhood with this design. The earthy tones used are grounding colours which reflect Francis' stance from where she looks at her background while working towards her future.

This limited edition silkscreen print titled "Maya Xa La" by Francis Dick was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.