Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • Rick Rivet (M├ętis, birth 1949)
  • Mound, 1999
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Canada
  • H: 44 1/2 in, W: 49 1/2 in, D: 1 7/8 in (H: 113.0 cm, W: 125.7 cm, D: 4.8 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2000
  • E300514


LL corner in paint 'Rivet 99'


This acrylic on canvas painting, in Rivet's sober Mound series, pays homage to the Beothuck people, the original inhabitants of Newfoundland whose communities flourished on the coast for several thousand years. The large earthen burial mound, occupying the lower half of the work, is colored black, streaked with red. A buried skeletal figure is found at the base of the painting. This figure is painted many different colors including, white, red, black, green yellow, blue and orange. Above the mound, Rivet portrays three shamanic creatures that reflect spiritual ancestral connections. The creatures are suspended in a green, blue, and purple sky with white and gray clouds throughout.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011


Rick Rivet