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Mourning Cloak

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  • Edition Size:
  • 100 signed and numbered, 10 artist's proofs, 1 printer's proof
  • Paper Size:
  • 38 x 28 cm, 15 x 11 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 30.5 x 25.5 cm, 12 x 10 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2003

"The Mourning Cloak butterfly (Nymphalis Antiopa) is common throughout British Columbia. The print is an interpretation of the mourning cloak based on the oral history of the Northwest coast people.

(In the design) the almost human-like butterfly has wings that represent the ceremonial button blankets worn by Northwest coast dancers and chiefs.

The print celebrates life and death. Some First Nations consider the butterfly a wandering spirit or human soul that has departed the body after death. For example, in 2002 the Haida people used the butterfly as a 'symbol of the souls that need to come home' for their project to repatriate the remains of their dead in the American Museum of Natural History."
- Michael Blackstock

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Mourning Cloak" by Michael Blackstock 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.