Arlene Ness, SimJolek of Wilp Tsi Basaa - Git Luxhl Lim Het’Wit
Arlene, mother and grandmother, is a Gitxsan artist of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast carving and design.
She was born and raised in Gitxsan territory of Northern British Columbia, where she was surrounded by art and culture from a young age. Arlene has always enjoyed creating in different mediums of art. In 2006 Arlene started her studies and training at the K’san carving school in Hazelton, her work is known for its attention to detail, balance, and fluidity. She has worked on a variety of projects, from jewelry to totem poles and house posts; Garnering recognition and awards such as the British Columbia Achievement Award (in Excellence in First Nation Fine Art) as well as international art shows.
Arlene's work often incorporates traditional forms and designs, but she also adds her own unique style and perspective. She is particularly interested in incorporating elements of the natural world into her pieces, such as animals, plants, and landscapes. She also enjoys experimenting with different materials and techniques, such as incorporating metal or glass into her carvings.
In addition to her work as a carver, Arlene is also passionate about passing on her knowledge and skills to the next generation of artists. She has taught carving workshops and mentored young artists, and she is committed to preserving and promoting Indigenous art and culture.
Overall, Arlene's work is a beautiful representation of the rich cultural traditions of the Northwest Coast, combined with her own creative vision and dedication to craftsmanship.