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U990.14.1078
Artist / Maker : Fiddler, Rocky
Title : Diving Birds
Date (Execution) : 1979
Geographical Origin : Sandy Lake, Ontario, Canada
Cultural Group : Cree
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Image of two blue stylized birds diving towards bottom of the print.
Accession # : U990.14.1078
Width (cm) : 66.00
Height (cm) : 50.70
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "I started painting about four years ago. At that time I was hampered with a bad case of arthritis and was unable to do much walking. Having spent much of my time indoors, I began to paint. Before this, the first year I went away from the reserve to high school, my grandfather had told me a story. He was very sick and could hardly speak. I pulled a chair up next to him and he told me about a trop with his grandfather hunting 'geese'. It was the first story he had ever told me and it struck me in a way that I will always remember. This is how I associated my first paintings. The geese are like human beings. All the animals are like this. My first drawings were influenced by Chee-Chee's 'Dancing Geese', but now I paint like Carl Ray because he is gone and I looked up to him as an artist. I told him I would continue to paint before he went. I have fond memories of him and one day I hope to pay tribute to him in a painting. My first print 'Diving Birds', I hope to be an example of Carl's influence on me and as a follower of his work." - Rocky Fiddler