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Antidote, Bronze Sculpture by Terressa White, Yup'ik

Antidote, Bronze Sculpture by Terressa White, Yup'ik

Regular price $4,975.00 Sale

Antidote, 2021
Terresa White, Yup'ik
Bronze, edition of 25
16" high x 7" wide x 7" deep

"Antidote addresses climate change and lifts up interconnection as an antidote to environmental destruction. It is my hope that we humans become mindful of the interconnected nature of being, and begin to respect and honor our relationships with water, land, each other, and the non-human people with whom we share this planet. I aspire to understand and embody this knowledge. I believe this understanding can help our minds heal, and can help us make beneficial choices leading us all to survival."

Teresa White - Artist Statement

"I am Yup’ik Eskimo and French Canadian. My grandmother’s family name is Clara Konig. Her mother, Helen Akfakorak Konig, was born in the Kuskokwim River region near what is today the Alaskan village of Bethel. 

My work is contemporary, exploring traditional themes and their interplay, confluence and divergence with my urban life. I begin working clay for each piece with no more than a dusky shadow in mind of what will materialize. When the person of each mask or figure finally comes into view, I experience delight and relief similar to spotting down the road a relative who has safely traveled a long way for a visit. In fact, when a piece is finished, I often whisper to it, “There you are! Hello!”

"My artistic process continues to be healing medicine for my family and myself, transforming some of the suffering and confusion of displacement into connection and opportunity. I hope my masks and figures reveal to viewers something of their meanings, reminding them at the very least of their resilient animal bodies, their inborn abilities to greet the sweet moments in life with full guiltless pleasure and the dark moments with courage and transformation."