Two-dimensional formline design—such as the painting on the model canoe paddles in this case—is the distinctive style of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian communities in the Pacific Northwest. It emerged from existing sculptural traditions, which, like formline art, continue to be practiced today. Contemporary artist Preston Singletary derives the direction and purpose of his work from his Tlingit cultural heritage. Yet he utilizes an unexpected medium to perpetuate the visual language of his people. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience working with glass in Seattle, Sweden, and among Venice’s legendary artisans, Singletary employs a mastery of European glass-blowing techniques and etching to intensify and enliven the formline designs in his works.
From the 2022 exhibition Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, curated by Dillen Peace '19, Native American Art Intern and Sháńdíín Brown '20, Native American Art Intern
ANTH 3.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Winter 2022
Writing Program 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023
Writing Program 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023
Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22, 2022-March 12, 2023.
Collected by "an old sea captain," about 1820-1860; to General John Hewston, California; bequeathed to his niece, Margaret Barnhill Roosevelt Kimberly (1851-1927), West Newton, Massachusetts; given to present collection, 1922.
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