Susan Point’s unique artworks have been credited with almost single-handedly reviving the traditional Coast Salish art style. Once nearly lost to the effects of colonization, the crescents, wedges, and human and animal forms characteristic of traditional Coast Salish art can now be seen around the world—reinvigorated with modern materials and techniques—in her serigraphs and public art installations, as well as in the works of a new generation of artists that she’s inspired.
While the images and symbolism of Point’s work are often informed by surviving traditional Salish works and the Traditional Knowledge of her Musqueam family and elders, she has developed a unique and contemporary style that continues to evolve.
People Among the People beautifully displays the breadth and depth of her public art, from cast bronze faces in Whistler to massive carved cedar portals in Stanley Park to moulded polymer murals in Seattle.
Through interviews and archival access, Robert D. Watt gathers the story of each piece, often in Point’s own words, to illustrate the vital role she has played in revealing and re-establishing the “Salish footprint” in the Pacific Northwest. An artists’ statement by Point and an essay by Dr. Michael Kew complete this portrait of a profoundly moving collection of artworks.
“An engaging read and beautiful to look at, Watt’s People Among the People ensures that Point’s works not only can’t be forgotten but they’re even more readily accessible. Because unlike most art books, Point’s works aren’t presented chronologically — they are grouped by location, making them even easier to find.” —Vancouver Sun
“People Among the People is a big, handsome and comprehensive survey of Point’s public art – and again confirms her significance.” —Border Crossings