Monday, March 21, 2022
A new art installation has come to Clayton branch. It was created by Roxanne Charles, a mixed media artist, curator, storyteller, and cultural historian of Strait Salish and European descent.
'Thunderbeing’ brings to life the spirit of the Thunderbird, an important aspect of Salish culture. To gain the spirit of the Thunderbird involved immense dedication and training to promote transformation and personal growth. This work honours Roxanne’s late Great Grandfather who was said to possess the spirit of the Thunderbird.
Roxanne is a current councillor and active band member of the Semiahmoo First Nation. As an artist, she works with a wide range of media employing traditional Semiahma forms of knowledge such as visual representation, oral history, and ceremony. Her work is in the collection of the Surrey Art Gallery. Stop by the Clayton branch to admire this colourful and inspiring work up close.