Connie Watts has created this work in honour of her familial heritage. As a symbol of her first moves towards delving into her own personal family traditional knowledge, the artist approached her grandmother for advice on what to use as the subject matter.  As a result of this conversation, this artwork explores the nature of the thunderbird.  Some visual elements are broad and powerful, while others are subtle and slow-moving. As always in Westcoast First Nations art, there is a balance of energy; the female thunderbird is countered by a masculine face.

These screens were created as a heat barrier between the foyer and the living room in the client’s home.

Thunderbird Screens

Date: 1998
Client: Private client

Dimensions: 4' x 8’ x 1”

Materials: Acrylic and Stainless steel mesh