Some of the comments from the opening;
“I just want to touch the wood.”
“You can also smell the cedar”
“They are so real”
“I just had to get close to see all the layers and detail”
“Is that a photograph?”
“Those are painted on canvas, right?”
“I love how the totems are so accessible, so close up”
“How to you do that!”
And then an assortment of explanations about the totems.
A number of people completely understood my fit (and approach) with the totems as a non-Aboriginal.
I will be working on a new piece in the space during the show hours starting Saturday, January 31st. It would add another level to the exhibition, and it gives me a comfortable way of being there and not make people uncomfortable and easier for them to strike up a conversation as they come and see what I'm doing.