ARTIST STATEMENT

“O si:em nu siyeyu, entha Kwulasultun tu ni cun utl Snuneymuxw.

I am Eliot White-Hill, my Coast Salish name is Kwulasultun, and my Nuu-Chah-Nulth name is Kwaayas. I come from the White family of Snuneymuxw. I have roots with the Rice family of Penelakut, in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth world through the Hamilton family of Hupacasath, and through my mother, Ilse Hill, I am of mixed Western European descent. I am a Coast Salish artist and storyteller. My practice honours and celebrates the teachings I have received and the traditional Coast Salish worldview. I work to share my appreciation for our culture with others and to preserve and pass down our art and stories.

My proposed artwork for the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship is a mixed-media spindle whorl panel. It will be an abstract Coast Salish design, drawing inspiration from the old spindle whorls and honouring YVR as a place of movement that connects the Coast Salish world with the rest of the planet and peoples from all cultures and nations.

I will be using the award in my pursuit of a Master’s of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, beginning in September 2021. It will be a significant journey for me as an artist, as I work to develop my art practice. It is a fundamental aspect of our snuw’uyulh, our teaching, to always strive to better ourselves and become better people. Education plays a critical role in that work and I am honoured to have the opportunity to do that at Emily Carr.”

– Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun