Butterfly in Spirit Wood Sculpture by Morgan Asoyuf (Ts’msyen)

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Material: Wood, acrylic paint

Dimensions: 32 inches x 30 inches x 11 inches 

Design: In northwest coast cultures, butterflies are messengers to the spirit world. They allow you to communicate with your ancestors & for your ancestors to communicate with you.

"These butterflies come from my imagination, some would say the spirit world & are inspired by real life activists. Our women & two-spirits are the most vulnerable & the most targeted. Visibility is everything. I wanted to create something to show that each butterfly is cared for, loved & honoured. Connection & community keep us safe."

This piece was exhibited at the 2020 Vancouver Pride Society Art Walk.

Made by Ts'msyen artist, Morgan Asoyuf:

Morgan Asoyuf (nee. Green) was born March 24, 1984 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to parents Henry Green and Jean Gardiner. Morgan is Ts'msyen Eagle Clan from Lax Kwallams, B.C.

Morgan's artistic career started with Blanche Macdonald Centre's Fashion Design Diploma, and an interest in painting Ts’msyen designs. She carved cedar and alder while working with Henry Green, learning about the properties of the wood and how to properly care for it.

She took Bronze Casting at The Crucible art compound in Oakland, where industry professionals taught her both investment mold and sand casting.

In 2010 Morgan began studying at Vancouver Metal Art School under Gerold Mueller, a goldsmith from Pforzheim, Germany. She received diplomas in both jewelry design and stone cutting, learning special techniques such as hollow construction, custom stone cutting, and advanced soldering.

Morgan has studied design and engraving with Richard Adkins. She also attended Revere Academy in San Francisco for gem setting courses.

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