Owl Landing, 2021 Terresa White, Yup’ik clay, pigment 13” h x 10” w x 5” d
About Owl Landing
The center of this sculpture is inspired by functional wooden Yup’ik bowls. My hanging bowl sculptures represent a confluence of the physical and metaphysical worlds, a meeting of spirit, mind, and matter. Etched into the bowl's center is a two-dimensional owl spirit with Ellam Iinga (eye of the universe) at its joints. The etched spirit owl is ready to soar, while the sculpted owl touches down.
Terresa 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." - Terresa White