Untitled: Carrielynn Victor & Debra Sparrow

Artists: Carrielynn Victor - Stó:lō & Debra Sparrow - Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm
Event: Capilano University 50th Anniversary

The collaboration of mural artist Carrielynn Victor and weaver Debra Sparrow expresses the latter’s handwoven Coast Salish blankets in mural form as a celebration of a living culture. The centerpiece of the mural is a traditional Coast Salish house post, depicting an ancestor, honoured by being wrapped in a blanket. Vibrant patterns radiate out from this historical point — elements of traditional weaving that grow in size and urgency. The design highlights the role of ancestors in shaping a culture that is growing and looking to the future. There is also the present, with the mural given a clear sense of location by reflecting its immediate environment and the seasonal colour palette of the nearby forest. In the mural’s lower left corner is a black and white representation of a turning page, increasing the sense of heritage and learning. It’s a subtle reminder of the Coast Salish refrain to always carry with you who you are and remember where you have come from.

Carrielynn painted as part of the Vancouver Mural Festival in 2017 and her Stellar’s Jay design was chosen to fly on banners in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. It’s no surprise that nature is a major inspiration for her as in addition to her successful art practice she holds certificates in environmental services and manages an environmental consulting firm