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SEMW̱OŦEN (Be Silent) design by Joan Williams


Artist: Joan Williams
Location: Cloverdale Library (5642 176A Street)
Category: Civic collection
Year Installed: 2021

About SEMW̱OŦEN (Be Silent)

Joan Williams’s vinyl wrap design for a wall in Cloverdale Library is based on traditional weaving patterns done on blankets. The top row represents trees and sky; the middle section depicts flowers in a field; and the bottom, wavy section represents water. The artwork is a mix of contemporary and traditional techniques. The title refers both to the peace and quiet of nature, as well as the silent reading that happens in the library.

About the Artist

Joan Williams is a member of Semiahmoo First Nation. She has been interested in art since she was a child and studied at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Her body of work is focused on weaving, drawing, and digital art.