18 Mar

“Coyote” is the last of my variations that I will post this week. He was created about 7 years ago when I was artist in residence in a school in Calgary.
There are many myths and stories from cultures all over the world that have talking animals in them including Coyote from First Nations lore. My own connection with Coyote first came from Saturday morning cartoons about Wile E. and the Roadrunner. Though I created Coyote using photographs of real animals it was my first ideas of a coyote that came through in the piece.
The original intention was to create a small scale puppet and he does possess a certain mobility that isn’t in my other works. The other unique thing about Coyote is I see him as male. Most of my work is of a feminine nature.


Posted by on March 18, 2010 in mixed media


2 responses to “Coyote

  1. bex

    February 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    This is a great puppet! I am doing a puppet show based on one of the coyote legends and found this art on google images, searching for inspiration. I love how messy he looks.

    • joykirkwood

      February 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Coyote was created with the “Coyote and the Rock” story in mind. It’s a cautionary tale about generosity. Inside all his fur I put a little stone as a reminder in case he forgets. A good friend of mine bought him last year and he now lives on the East Coast in Shediac, NB. His eyes are made of amber beads which worked out very well.


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