Beau Dick

Supernatural Kolus

2014
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Dick was an artist, activist and hereditary Chief from the Namgis First Nation known for his artistic practice rooted in Kwakwaka'wakw culture. His masks were created for both ceremonial use (to be danced) and the contemporary art market. According to the artist, if the masks were not danced they were not fully activated. Supernatural Kolus refers to Kolus – a baby Thunderbird. Connected to the dead as a messenger and transformational figure, Kolus is able to take human form by removing a robe of white feathers. The artist used a quartz crystal for the tongue and included a skull on top to signify power and the spiritual realm.
Artist
Title
Supernatural Kolus
Date
2014
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
red cedar, graphite, charcoal, acrylic paint, sheep skin, horse hair, quartz, copper, desiccated orange, nails, and cotton twine
Dimensions
92 x 96.2 x 52 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2015
Accession number
46608.1-2