Art is Not a Noun, It’s a Verb: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas on “Carpe Fin”

“The real magic of ‘Carpe Fin’ is in the space between the object and the observer.” – Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Hear from the artist behind the 6 x 19–foot watercolor mural hanging in SAM’s third-floor galleries. “Carpe Fin” is a major commission for SAM’s collection by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, that the artist describes as “Haida manga.” This unique approach developed by Yahgulanaas blends several artistic and cultural traditions, including Haida formline art, Japanese manga, Pop Art, and graphic novels.

Inspired by a traditional Haida oral story, the story is also linked to a 19th-century headdress in SAM’s collection carved by Yahgulanaas’s relative, Albert Edward Edenshaw. “Carpe Fin” calls attention to issues of environmental degradation and the rupture of the values that honor human-nature interdependence.
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Michel Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Carpe Fin
Through Nov 1 2020
visitsam.org/exhibitions

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