This item is apart of our Gallery 3 Exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land.
Fused Glass Sculpture Wolves of the Sea by Ed NoiseCat, Shuswap and Lil’wat Nations,
NoiseCat’s fused, or kiln-formed, glass pieces take his graphic print to a whole new level of color and character. Bullseye handcrafted glass sheets are cut by water-jet into myriad puzzle-like pieces. Meticulously assembled by hand and sandwiched between clear sheets, they are then heated in a kiln where the glasses soften and fuse together.
Fusing art glass almost always results in the formation of some air bubbles between sheets. And handcrafted sheets may have variations in color between sheets, even with Bullseye’s highly controlled mix. These inconsistencies contribute to the character and beauty of finished glass-work and must not be considered flaws.
Wolves of the Sea is another name for the orca, killer whale. This image was originally designed for a button blanket that was danced by Ed Archie NoiseCat at the dedication of his public art installation “Through the eyes of Little Crow (Taoyateduta)” in Minnihanna Park, Minneapolis 1995.
Ed says “I simply wanted to honor a chief that had not received any recognition after a violent end to his life after the Dakota uprising in 1862.”
The blanket design depicts a red wolf with a blue whale fin in a spindle whorl motif. In this design, Ed was exploring contrast of color, light and movement. This image first became a limited edition print and then was made into a fused glass piece.