For the first time, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre will host a feature artist exhibition in our temporary gallery space. Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land, displaying a collection of art pieces that showcase the multi-disciplinary genres of Ed Archie NoiseCat that include limited edition print, woodcarving, metalwork glasswork and handcrafted jewellery.
After a lifetime of living and practicing art in the United States, the SLCC is proud to welcome Lil’wat artist Ed Archie NoiseCat back to his father’s traditional territory.
Salish artist Ed Archie NoiseCat grew up in British Columbia’s remote, mountainous interior with his mother’s people, the Canim Lake Band of Shuswap Indians. He draws inspiration from his mother’s plateau culture, and from his father’s people, the Lil’wat.
Trained as a master printmaker at the prestigious Emily Carr College of Art & Design, his vision was then distilled by experience as a fine art lithographer in New York before beginning his exploration of traditional carving, including masters for glass and jewellery.
“My work is inspired by the stories that comprise my life— the people, tricksters, tragedies and triumphs of the Indigenous experience.”
About Ed Archie NoiseCat (source: ednoisecat.com)
Love, trouble and creativity have carried me around the world from my home reserve in Canim Lake, British Columbia to New York City and many magnificent places in between.
My work is inspired by the stories that comprise my life—the people, tricksters, tragedies and triumphs of the Indigenous experience. I work in many media, including wood, bronze, silver, gold, glass, print and more. My work is intimate, intricate and vivid, and I take immense pride in my craft.
Over the years, I have won numerous awards, including top prize at the inaugural Indian Art Northwest in 1998, best of show at the Autry Museum in 2008, best of show at the Heard Museum’s Indian Fair and Market in 2010 and more.
I took a brief hiatus from fine art to try my hand at chainsaw carving, winning 1st place in the artist challenge at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Chainsaw Carving Invitational, one of the biggest chainsaw carving competitions in the United States.
My pieces are in public and private collections, including the National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, D.C. My portfolio of monumental works includes a portrait mask of Taoyateduta, or Chief Little Crow, in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 1986, I graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver and moved to New York to work as a lithographer for world-renowned Tyler Graphics, producing prints for Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and other legends of contemporary art.
August 13, 2020 - March 31, 2021
Mixalhítsa7 Alison Pascal, Ed Archie NoiseCat
Kimberley Stanger, Hilary Wallace Brelsford, Dawn Johnson
First Peoples Cultural Council, Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, BC Arts Council, and the Province of BC.