Breath of the Spirit
acrylic on canvas, 44 x 60 inches, 2016.
This painting depicts the Woodland School conjured into being by the great creative spirit of the Northwest Coast.
“The spirit comes through you. It is a very powerful creative force, you see. You could be a singer, you could be a writer, you could be a painter, you could be anything if you allow that spirit to flow.”
Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Return to the House of Invention (Key Porter)
The House of Invention
acrylic and copper leaf on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, 2016
“I believe that when I sleep, I get out of my body and I roam all the universe. I go to the inner planes. I go to the source. I even dare say I go to the source where all the inventors of mankind go… to the House of Invention.”
“Before settlers and priests came from the Old World in Europe, the Native people all over America used their imaginations freely. There was a vast amount of culture. I believe the people were going to the House of Invention.” …
“We are very creative in the House of Invention. Artists go there themselves, or stumble across it, voluntarily go, or go and they don’t remember when they wake up. As well, writers go there and musicians of all kinds go there and pick up their sheet music, which they play when they are awake.” …
“Now music and art are very healing things for people. So we allow ourselves to become instruments or channels for the Inner Master or spirit, so that we may inspire others. I have done this. I have inspired maybe one hundred and fifty followers, two generations of people. Wouldn’t it be nice if they would start to do something with the power they have? Those of us who are able to pick up these things that I am talking about here should allow ourselves to be used so that we can bring down the ideas from the House of Invention.”
Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Travels to the House of Invention, (Key Porter)