Mary Iverson, b. 1966
T18 Containers

Oil on canvas
36" x 72" x 2"

Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection

Seattle native Mary Iverson, inspired by the large cranes on the waterfront, began her research into the totemic traditions of the Pacific Northwest Indians who produced powerful art objects adorned with spirit animals and infused with myth. In 1998, she began to paint the container cranes that "flank Seattle's waterfront like huge guardian beasts."

"These structures took on a special energy for me after the death of my father in 1999. The cranes became attractive to me as a symbol of power and beauty that helped me through a difficult period," says Iverson.