Beau Dick (Kwakwaka’wakw)
Red cedar, acrylic paint, leather and horse hair
36″ x 35″ x 20″
Bookwus’ appearance in the winter ceremony tends to be chilling as he brings with him a powerful reminder of keeping one’s wits about them in life and in death. The dramatic, slick, and smooth movements of the Bookwus remind the audience of the seductive and dangerous nature of this powerful being. Beau captures the essence of Bookwus with more power and emotion than any other artist. There is a chilling allure to Bookwus that Beau brings forth so successfully that most viewers are slightly perplexed by their attraction to this fearsome mask. It is this enchanting quality that organizers of the 2010 Sydney Biennale were looking for when they requested this Bookwus mask to participate in the exhibition.