The Vancouver Art Gallery has organized a major new exhibition, Susan Point: Spindle Whorl. On view from February 18 to May 28, 2017 at the Gallery, this exhibition covers the artist’s impressive career of three and a half decades, including over a hundred print and sculptural artworks that take the spindle whorl as their starting point. The Coast Salish spindle whorl has been a persistent motif in Point’s work since the beginning of her career. Traditionally, the whorl was used by Coast Salish women to ritually prepare wool that would be woven into robes. Point has often drawn upon the spindle whorl and the motifs carved into it to provide a formal structure for her art. She uses a uniquely Salish vocabulary of circles, crescents and curved triangles, elements that distinguish the art of her people from the formline-based art of northern First Nations peoples.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 160-page book of essays on Point’s work.