We've, Silkscreen Print by LessLIE, Cowichan Nation
We've, LessLIE, Cowichan Nation, 22" x 22" paper size, silkscreen print, edition of 100.
We've. You are forever deeply ingrained into my heart and memories. I was wrong to say that I would choose my art over your heart. If I could carve a companion, make a wooden woman for you to notice and love me again, I would. If I could trade my Salish soul for your Heltsuik heart, I would. If I could paint a path back to your heart, I would. If I could relive my life like Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy," I would. If i could relive my life, I would surrender my artistic talent for your love. We are supposed to complete each other, and weave a life of love.
Born in 1973 in Duncan, B.C., lessLIE is Coast Salish of Cowichan, Penelakut, Esquimalt, Irish, and Italian and French descent. His colonized Catholic Canadian name is Leslie Robert Sam. lessLIE has a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies from Malaspina University-College. While working on this undergraduate degree, lessLIE began to study Coast Salish art. He has been studying Coast Salish art for over ten years. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Victoria. The thesis of this Master’s degree is a critique of the literature on Coast Salish art. As a component of this graduate degree, lessLIE has worked at Thunderbird Park Carving Studio.
When he first began to study Coast Salish art, lessLIE was inspired and encouraged by his cousin, Joe Wilson. He has also been influenced by other young Coast Salish artists such as Manual Salazar, Maynard Johnny Jr., and Shaun Peterson. His main influences as an artist are Susan Point and Robert Davidson.
“In my graduate work I have devoted a great deal of time and energy to the study of Coast Salish art. Through my studies I have come to truly appreciate this unique art form. It is an incredible gift our ancestors have given us. My artwork is intended to bring a greater appreciation of Coast Salish art to Coast Salish communities as well as to the general public. My goal as an artist is to provide a contemporary expression of this ancient and distinctive art form.”