WINNER | 3RD PRIZE, PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – $1,000
About his work, he says, “I find beauty in everyday things and the patina created by age and wear. This could be in a person, a discarded chunk of metal or something washed up on the shore. Not all things are beautiful, but there is beauty in all things. I’m not sure who said that, but I try to approach my days that way and express that with my art.”
In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation process, Dave became interested in all the aspects of our culture, beyond the beautiful and kind into the ugly and evil. He is interested in having us look below the surface of mundane activities and see the accreted results.
Dave Parsanishi creates art in Port Alberni, BC. He has shown in the 2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize, the Sooke and BC Festivals of the Arts, Tofino’s Carving on the Edge Festival and Port Alberni’s ArtRave. His work is currently showing at the Ahtsik Native Art Gallery and Blue Fish Gallery in Port Alberni.
Mamaaɫni (A Transformation Mask) | 40″ x 54″ x 9″ | Wood, recycled material, archival photographs
Coming from conversations with Nuu-chah-nulth carvers, elders and language teachers,
I contrast the traditional transformation mask with the Canadian attempt to transform
First Nations people by “removing the Indian from the child.” This is a process of my own
reconciliation to the actions of my culture. With the mirrored eyes, I invite/challenge the viewer to see themselves both as the perpetrator and in the focus of the perpetrator.