Mi'Kmaq Sculpture

Nigel Connell Bass


Sculpture, Clay on Stainless Steel

Size: 20.5 W x 18.1 H x 15.7 D in

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I have a love of birds and animals, I strive to give life and character to all my unique, figurative depictions, which are predominately made from re-used metal objects and new stainless steel. This piece was inspired by both a photograph I captured of a goose doing her morning stretches and the Mi'kmaq peoples' legend of the wild goose. hence i decided to incorporate the face of one of these 'First people' of Canada into the sculpture. Míkmaq legend of the Wild Goose When birds migrated to the south in the long, long ago, they came and left by themselves. Many of the little ones were killed by storms. This caused great sorrow to Kluskap, the great God of the Míkmaq. He asked the Wild Goose the largest bird and the last one to leave the north each fall, to care for all of the smaller ones. The Wild Goose called all the little birds together and told them of Kluskap's wonderful plan. They agreed that the Wild Goose would lead them in their long flight to the south, shelter them in their far away homes, be with them during their journey back and protect them while they were in the North during the summer season. Ever since the time of Kluskap the Wild Goose has been the guide and protector of all the small birds that come to our country each year. (Source) Native American Legends - firstpeople.us

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Sculpture:Clay on Stainless Steel

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:20.5 W x 18.1 H x 15.7 D in

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A British artist living in West Cork, Ireland. Self taught in a multitude of disciplines, Nigel Connell Bass is well known for his sculpture work in new and recycled metals, predominantly life-size depictions of birds and animals. He worked for 10 years, as a scenic artist for a busy Theatre production company, before moving with a young family to Ireland in 1996. Bringing up a young family after the move to Ireland, and completing a self-build house, meant that for a few years, art took a backseat role as he worked mainly painting, decorating and sign-writing to make a regular living wage. In 2015 Nigel returned to art full-time. He is enjoying success regularly exhibiting his sculpture work at prestigious venues throughout Ireland and continues to explore new concepts in sculpture and also painting in acrylics onto rusted metal sheets.

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