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Minn Sjolseth fonds

  • 144
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1999

The fonds reflects Minn Sjolseth's artistic career and travels to First Nations communities throughout British Columbia and Alaska with her husband Anthony Carter. Contents of the fonds depict First Nations cultures in British Columbia between 1960 and 1980, including Haida, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Gitsegukla, Kispiox, and Nisga'a. Several of the contents depict notable figures, including Chief Dan George and August Jacks.

The fonds includes textual records including correspondence, ephemera, newspaper clippings; graphic materials such as photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies that depict Sjolseth’s travels and artworks; and artworks produced by Sjolseth including paintings, drawings, and prints.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

  1. Personal records
  2. Artwork an Exhibition records
  3. Artworks

Minn Sjolseth

Personal Records

Series consists of records (primarily photographic slides) documenting Minn Sjolseth's travels with her husband Anthony Carter to visit events and communities at locations including Haida Gwaii, Ketchikan, Kitwancool, Kingcome Inlet, Kispiox, Gitsegukla, Kitwanga and Skidegate among others. The contents of the series reflect First Nations cultures in British Columbia throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including Haida, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Skwxwú7mesh, Nisga'a, Kwakwaka'wakw. The photographs document potlatches, totem poles, villages, landscapes, as well as portraits of individuals. The series also contains files with a small number of photographs documenting Sjolseth's paintings on these subjects, as well as Sjolseth at work on her art on location in these communities and locations.

Cape Mudge 1970 1979

File consists of slides depicting various potlatches, totem poles, as well as portraits of various people. Slides also depict some of Minn Sjolseth's paintings. Some slides are labeled with the following: "Face from a Potlatch, Kwakiutl, 1971," "Kitsequechla, 1970," "Potlatch, Kwakiutl, 1971," "Last Watch...," and "Potlatch 75."

Estate of Minn Sjolseth, images and letters, 1995

File consists of photographic documentation of Minn Sjolseth's paintings, other textual records related to her artworks (appraisal documents, price lists complied by Laila Campbell), and a pamphlet from Sjolseth's 1994 retrospective show in Norway with notes and annotations.

Artworks

Series consists of artworks created by Minn Sjolseth from the 1970s to the 1980s. These artworks include intaglio prints, pen and ink drawings, charcoal drawings, and watercolour paintings. Several of the artworks are landscapes, however the majority are portraits of First Nations individuals, including several portraits of Chief Dan George.

Bill Reid tracing

File consists of a tracing of a Bill Reid image done by Minn Sjolseth.

Dan George Prints

File consists of three print copies of a drawing of Chief Dan George done by Minn Sjolseth

Battle Bay Totem

File consists of slides depicting totem poles, likely located near Battle Bay, British Columbia.

Ketchikan and Kitwancool Totems and Views

File consists of slides depicting totems and views labeled as in Kispiox, Kitwancool, Ketchikan, Haida, Kitseguckla, Skedans, and Kingcome. File also consists of slides documenting two of Minn Sjolseth's paintings entitled "En av de Siste" (sp?) and "Peace."

Shaman

File consists of an artist proof intaglio print by Minn Sjolseth.

Haines Alaska and Caspar (Ketchikan 1966)

File consists of slides depicting one of Minn Sjolseth's paintings ("Village Watch"), Sjolseth working on a painting, a slide bearing the caption "Queen Ch. Island group," and several slides captioned "Caspar at Ketchikan."

Artwork and Exhibition Records

Series consists of records documenting Minn Sjolseth’s practice as a painter and printmaker from the 1960s to the 1990s. Records include photographic documentation of Sjolseth’s paintings, other artwork, and exhibitions; newspaper clippings and other ephemera related to her artistic career; invitations, press releases, and one sheets from several of her exhibitions; textual records relating to her artworks and artistic career (including price lists, appraisal documents, and artist files from institutions); biographical and memorial pamphlets about Sjolseth; a scrapbook containing photographs and ephemera related to her art practice and personal life; and a sketchbook containing drawings and ephemera.

Minn Sjoselth Paintings 73-75 Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw)

File consists of slides depicting Minn Sjolseth's paintings and labeled "Longhouse Posts Totem, Village Island, BC, 1974," "Kitwanga Village, 1967," "'Intermission' Kwakiutl, 1974," "Kwakiutl Totems, Alert Bay 1971,", "Last Totem of Skidegate QCI," "Native Cariboo Child, 1973," "Final Rest 1973," "Kwakiutl Totem 1973," "Dominic Charlie, Weather Prophet, Squamish Tribe, 1972," "Wilderness Watch, 1973," and "Basket Weaver." Many of these paintings depict individuals also photographed by Anthony Carter for his book publications.

Paintings 1970s-1980s, mostly watercolour

File consists of slides documenting Minn Sjolseth's paintings and exhibitions, including paintings depicting Totem poles from the 1970s-1980s, paintings depicting Mexico, and other scenics.

In the Middle

File consists of a painting done by Minn Sjolseth. The donor notes that the painting depicts a girl would became the lead in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, and an oil version of the painting also exists.

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