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Dion, Wally
Seated Thunderbird Seated Thunderbird
2015 2015

Wally Dion finds his inspiration in ancient and historical depictions of Thunderbird, animikiig, which was the most powerful of all the spirit beings in Anishinaabe cosmology. By rendering the Thunderbird from discarded computer circuit boards, the artist contends that Indigenous spirit beings not only inhabit our contemporary world, but also will outlast technology. The artist is attracted to the zigzagging conductive tracks of the circuit board because they resemble bolts of lightning, while copper, the main element used in the electronic components, has a spiritual and historical link with the peoples of the western Great Lakes.

 
Dion, Wally
Yellow Quill Nation SK (Saulteaux) 1976 Yellow Quill Nation SK (Saulteaux) 1976
Seated Thunderbird Seated Thunderbird
2015 2015
Circuit boards on plywood, nails, acrylic medium and pigment Circuit boards on plywood, nails, acrylic medium and pigment
104.0 x 122.0 x 5.7 cm
Purchase, Art Centre Acquisitions Trust, 2015 Purchase, Art Centre Acquisitions Trust, 2015
58-011

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