Signed in pencil 164/180 RAVEN CREATING THE GREAT FLOOD Floyd Joseph “94” Tyee. Serigraph on paper
Among the works of her own that Helen Andersen had stored were a few examples of works by other artists she admired. This beautifully crafted and realized Raven design by Floyd Joseph is one of them. See the frog and lobster shapes and the water motif, coming into being? Joseph’s work belongs to the great tradition of West Coast aboriginal art but he extends it, creating original icons, images and colour schemes.
I was visiting Saanichton when Floyd came over to Helen’s studio to choose some pastels he would exchange for serigraphs. I didn’t know Helen had this one, but we have long possessed another Floyd Joseph that we hang over our stairs. That design, too, was conceived to fit on the surface of a drum head.
Floyd was particularly interested in scenes Helen had rendered of North Vancouver shores, because he had grown up on the reserve there and remembered the way things were, as Helen had rendered them in the late 50s.