Discover the captivating world of the Haida Artist, Cori Savard. Immerse yourself in rich cultural expressions through Cori's indigenous art. Explore now & be inspired!
Haida artist Cori Savard (Yahl ‘Aadaas) was born to the Yahgu’laanaas Raven clan on Haida Gwaii. Her family moved to Ottawa within a few years of her birth, but her connection to her Haida roots was maintained by weekly visits to the permanent collection of Haida works on display at the Canadian Museum of Civilizations in Gatineau, QC. Cori returned to Haida Gwaii in 2002, and quickly immersed herself in the art of her ancestors. Exploring 2 dimensional design, cedar weaving, painting and taking part in multiple design workshops taught by Robert Davidson in Old Massett and Skidegate.
Cori is a former recipient of the YVR youth scholarship award as well as the YVR Frank O'Neill visionary award. These awards enabled her to begin and maintain a formal apprenticeship working with renowned Haida artist Reg Davidson in Old Massett. Over the course of 8 years, Cori learned carving techniques applicable to masks, sculptures and monumental works, taking part in multiple totem pole projects.
Cori now lives and works from her home studio in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii and maintains a working relationship with her mentor Reg. Cori was also influenced by the late Ben Davidson, who she learned from and worked with, expanding her knowledge and skills in painting and carving in his studio and gallery, All About U Arts, in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.
Select Art Highlights:
Upcoming shows: Women Carvers of the Northwest Coast Exhibition, Audain Art Museum, November 16, 2024 - May 5, 2025
Supernatural Female Being Sculptures: Cori Savard completes two cedar sculptures, Foam Woman & Raven and Half Rock Woman for the grand opening of the new Skidegate Health Centre in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. Dwyer Cross, Haida is Cori's apprentice on this project.
Link to the unveiling ceremony: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=829400722162364 (Her carvings start to get unveiled at the 13:30 minute mark (Foam woman & Raven) & 33:00 minute mark (Half Rock Woman)).
State of Emergence: Limited edition print release of 100 prints.
Royal Canadian Mint Gold Coin:In 2023, the Royal Canadian Mint selected a design by Cori to be featured on a $200 pure gold coin. The title of the coin was "Interwoven" and each piece featured a unique abalone shell in the middle. Only 275 coins were made. “The abalone shell was the clear choice for the inlay as it is traditionally used to adorn Haida art; it also added to the theme of interconnection, by representing our ties to the ocean that surrounds Haida Gwaii,” Yahl ‘Aadas stated.
Sgaana Saahlaan Sdings: Limited edition print release of 125 prints.
Interwoven: Limited edition print release of 76 prints.
Tang.G_waan: Limited edition print release of 140 prints.
Bear Stepping Into Itself: Limited edition print release of 200 prints.