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WOOCS 2.2.6

Mother Bear

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  • Edition Size:
  • 66 signed and numbered, 2 printer's proofs
  • Paper Size:
  • 28 x 36 cm, 11 x 14 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 23 x 30 cm, 9 x 12 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2020

Mother Bear is Trevor Husband's second serigraph. This limited edition print was hand pulled by the artist himself.

In the design the central figure, Mother Bear, symbolizes Mother Earth, who is mother to all creatures. She is holding a human figure, denoting the interconnectedness of all species.

Mother Bear is also the central figure of a large carving Trevor created, called Mother Bear and Her Four Cubs.

The artist relates the story of the carving as follows, "A long time ago, Mother Bear gave birth to four cubs. The cubs were uniquely coloured; one red, one black, one yellow, and one white. They grew and grew, and one day Mother Bear realized that there was little food left. It was time for her cubs to leave, so she sent them to the four corners of the Earth to establish their own territories and hunting grounds.

The cubs flourished in their new homes, and had large families themselves, but just like before, the bears ran out of food. They had to leave their lands and settle in new territories.

When the different coloured bears came upon each other, they didn't remember that they once had been brothers, and fighting ensued. This made Mother Bear so sad, that she wept for how we all treat each other."

Trevor continues, "This piece came to me as I was meditating on the Black Lives Matter movement, and our own Indigenous Rights movements happening everywhere. I was looking for a way that I could contribute something as an artist, and the story and images came to me as I sat under the cedars outside my studio. I have heard similar stories from elders, but this version doesn’t belong to any particular nation, it’s more of a commentary on our current society.

The four colours represent the four races of people, as they are also a part of the medicine wheel. I deliberately put the black and white cubs together to draw attention to the struggle for Black equality, which mirrors our own Indigenous struggles for justice."

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Mother Bear" by Trevor Husband 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. The printer has destroyed all trial copies and obliterated the printing stencils.