clinton work

Wealth (Salmon Roe)

Clinton Work

Acrylic on birch panel
16” x 12” x 1” each


As a symbol of the paramount value of Salmon amongst all life on the Northwest Coast, this diptych expresses that ‘a bounty of Salmon is a bounty of wealth.’ Each panel is a symmetric echo of the other, a forward and reverse of the salmon life cycle that we so depend upon. There are three sizes of Salmon expressed in various visual techniques: the bold and black formline of the roe and fry, outlined by fine gold; the thin red lines of the intermediate stage when the Salmon return and run the rivers to spawn; and the large silver silhouettes of the salmon spirits that have sacrificed themselves so they can return again anew.