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Love and Light

Love and Light

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  • Artist:
  • Margaret August
  • Edition Size:
  • 125 signed and numbered, 12 artist's proofs, 12 remarques, 2 printer's proofs
  • Paper Size:
  • 56 x 56 cm, 22 x 22 inches
  • Image Size:
  • 45 x 45 cm, 18 x 18 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2020

Love and Light is a limited edition print by Margaret August based on an original painting by the same name. It shows two eagles, the moon, and an owl at the bottom.

The two eagles surround the feminine energy of the moon, offering their devotion, strength, and protective powers. The owl represents wisdom, security, and clear vision, even in darkness.

The moon appears in the mythology of all Northwest Coast nations. She is a guide, a protector, a guardian spirit, a timekeeper, and is also associated with transformation.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Love and Light" by Margaret August was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. The printer has destroyed all trial copies and obliterated the printing stencils.

Margaret August is a contemporary, two-spirited, Coast Salish artist from Shíshálh Nation. Margaret was born in 1983 on traditional, unceded Lekwungen and Wasanec territories, where she currently resides.

Margaret feels that her ancestral power animal symbol, Skw’etu’?, influences her art. Skw’étu? is a word for Raven in Shashishalhem language. Skw’etu’? is known to be the light bringer in darkness. Origin stories say it was Raven that stole the sun from an old man who wanted to keep the world in darkness.

Ravens are the gatekeepers of the Void, where there is no form or structure, only fluidity and constant change. Skw’etu’? utilizes his abilities of mystical shape shifting to teach Earth’s inhabitants their individual life lessons.

Margaret began developing her artistic talents through singing and playing music at an early age. At the same time, she was learning how to create traditional Native art through Butch Dick.

Her artistic style is influenced by Susan Point, lessLIE, Chris Paul, Luke/John Marston, and Maynard Johnny Jr.

Margaret has been showing her work in community art shows since 2010. In 2013, she began to make prints and developing her business skills, which helped her in becoming an independent artist.

These varied art experiences, as well as ancestral gifts have shaped Margaret to better understand her life’s direction. Margaret’s overall philosophy as a contemporary Native artist is to present the community with art that creates change and a sense of hope.