“Contemporary Northwest Coast art embodies a great respect for oral traditions and the carving styles of different nations, even as the artists seek to push and stretch the art form with new interpretations of traditional beings, personal visions, new ideas and new materials…. Change is necessary for any culture to survive, and the artists are a testament to the strength of their culture. As Haida artist Robert Davidson says, ‘We have lost so much that to simply sit and try to re-create the past would finish us — we must move forward to survive as a culture.’ Moreover, both the art and the culture have always been concerned with themes of transformation and regeneration, and many of the myths document a world that is ever-changing.”
Excerpt from Mythic Beings: Spirit Art of the Northwest Coast
March 14 - April 4, 2015
'Keewatin Women in Stone' celebrates the lives of two very different Nunavut artists from the Keewatin region north-west of the Hudsons Bay. Camille Iquilq (1963-2005) and Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok (1934-2012) are representative of two generations and very different upbringings. Lucy was born on the land and experienced the nomadic and traditional way of life before settling in Arviat, whereas Camille was born and raised within the relative comfort of the community of Baker Lake. The collection is a selection of at least 30 stone sculptures from each artist, with pieces ranging from the early 1990s forward. The exhibition contrasts their individual styles yet highlights the same shared values with relationships and the strong bonds within the family.
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