SEA AND AIR
Sea and Air comes from the story of Thunderbird and Killer Whale. It was my first entrance into mythology in a profound way, it was really significant in my life. One Being of the water and one Being of the sky and the stories that went along with it. I remember seeing a picture when I was quite young. It was a crude drawing, but enough for me and my imagination to take-off with and create a complete world around this Great Fight between the Killer Whale and the Thunderbird..
It was like the first time that something way beyond myself was in my conscious.
I had a cousin who used to draw really well. I used to get him to draw me the Thunderbird and Killer Whale. I remember getting him to specifically draw it once for me.
I always imagined the Great Fight that took place between these two Beings occurring right in Brentwood Bay, the body of water I so admired and was most familiar with as a child. The Bay seemed enormous to me, huge, when I was a kid. And now it seems like a tiny Bay. But in my eight year old eyes I could really SEE the Thunderbird wrestling the Killer Whale, I felt like I witnessed this immense fight first hand, watching spell bound from the shore as they fought above Tsartlip Beach. Talons extended, wings flapping so powerfully that the trees shook and the clouds swirled and my young body was buffeted, my breathe sucked away like I’d fallen hard on my back. Stunned, angry, ferocious in it’s retaliation was the Killer Whale, the Guardian of the Ocean, the Protector of the Seas, clasped in claws of a Supernatural Being, two mighty forces tackling one another, their determination growing in epic proportions as the struggle continued. My ears reverberating with the bellowing thunder of giant wings and a violent thrashing body. Imagine yourself as a child seeing this. A bird as big as a whale? A display of power so massive that for an instance the Sky and the Sea are joined, these two worlds came together before me.
I changed as a kid because of this. It was like, a right of passage. The story itself allowed my world to expand big enough to open a part of my consciousness that wasn’t fully awake at that time. It opened up a world that was way beyond who I was or what I thought. This became the bridge between my childhood and adulthood.