Exquisite highly sculptured deep deep hand carved mask. My art gives my life purpose; my art is my life. My great grandmother was Susan Smith.My grandmother, who passed away when my mother was only a few months old, is Maria Smith. My mother is Freda Courtney, née Jones.
In 2000 I started sculpting miniatures in clay. Although I have never had any formal training of any kind, sculpting portraits seemed to come naturally to me. Creating my little characters gave me an opportunity to not just tell but the Haida culture, but also a way to show the culture. I was fascinated at the reaction to my work. I worked on expressions using art books and by watching people.I used photos of people from the coast to create my characters and sometimes someone would come along and say, She reminds me of my grandmother. And also my love for sharing life experiences with others. I added more and more detail to my little people including small simple masks, paddles, and rattles.
People started asking me to carve them bigger pieces. This was the beginning of my carving career. After carving for two years on my own I found out about the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art and knew it was where I was suppose to be. I applied and was accepted into the course. I have just completed my first year.This year I was presented with the Mature Student Award and the Freda Diesing Award. My favorite pieces to carve are traditional portrait masks; I have also carved rattles, miniature canoes, feast bowls, etc. As a Haida artist I try to represent my people and the culture in a respectful way. I have and will continue to bring out environmental and social issues through my work. This gives my art purpose. The item "Northwest Coast Haida Nation Eagle Hand Carved Cedar Human Mask-Carol Young" is in sale since Saturday, March 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Canada\ Aboriginal". The seller is "vinn-man09" and is located in Marysville, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay, Switzerland.