Kaitiaki is a Maori word meaning guardian and protector. Kaitiaki are powerful guardian spirits from the sky, the land, and the sea. Kaitiaki are personal to the owner and can be represented through adornment on amulets, masks, regalia and in designs on sacred objects for both the Maori and the Northwest Coast peoples.
“KaitiakiGuardians” features an impressive collection of wearable art: Nga Taonga (Treasures) in varied materials, augmented with new sculptural works in ceramics, wood, jade, and glass.
“KaitiakiGuardians” is the continuation of the creative energy towards ManawaPacific Heartbeat exhibition opening at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery on February 11th, 2006. All these inspired works were completed since the publication deadlines for the Manawa book or were displayed for the opening of the “Eternal ThreadChanging Art of Maori Weaving” touring museum exhibition in San Francisco in August 2005.
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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