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Seattle, WA 98104

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Current Exhibition

Myth Making

Oct. 8, 2014—Jan. 2, 2015

Myth-making is simply the telling of a tale or making up stories, often of how something came to be and humanity has created these myths during every age. Visual artists, in an attempt to make their own myths, create visual sagas with color and image instead of words. For instance, the carved wooden mask with hair by David Boxley titled Shim-O-Git''m-Gi Bao, Wolf Chief from 1984 is an example of how wolves figure prominently in the mythology of Native American tribes. The wolf is associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting. As part of the Northwest Coast tribes, such as Boxley's Tsimshian tribe, stories tell of their first ancestors being transformed from wolves into men, hence the Wolf Chief.

We all carry myths with us. We create them ceaselessly—from historic concepts of cosmic life forms to last week's urban legends. Ideologies become myths, we bust myths, we refute them, we dissect and gather them, and here we view them through the lens of the artist.