In 2011 as part of the inaugural installation of Coast Salish art in the Cornett Building, lessLIE was commissioned to create a design for the each of the main entrances. Reflection, an original design in acrylic on paper, was reproduced on vinyl transfers. According to the artist, this piece represents the experience of post-secondary education through traditional Coast Salish design elements. The design utilizes positive and negative space to represent both the positive and negative aspects of student life. Also, looking through the glass while viewing the piece mimics the act of looking beyond this plane of knowledge. lessLIE hopes the piece will inspire students to follow their academic and artistic dreams.
Reflection on the Cornett building entrance doors:
Watch a video interview with lessLIE here.
lessLIE, or Leslie Robert Sam (born 1973) is a Coast Salish artist from Duncan, BC. This highly talented and original artist works in multi-media, but particularly enjoys dealing with serigraphs. As a graduate student at the University of Victoria, he studied conventional Coast Salish art. The artist draws on traditional iconographic elements, while inventively intertwining his art with contemporary texts.