Inuit art: Walking Bear
Artist: Killiktee Killiktee
Size: 6.5" high, 6" wide, 5" deep
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
The highlight of this piece is its explosive animation and movement. Dancing at a thirty degree angle, this Jolly bear seems to defy gravity.
This is a fine example of Killiktee verging on the abstract. His road towards abstraction is via the streamlining of body and shape, but always keeping in mind the importance of retaining the essential bear-ness of the object; its power, its ferocity, its bulk. When working on a small scale, Killiktee achieves this by exaggerating the bulkiness of the forms.
The striding moment of the paw, compressing the torso into the realm of abstract is a deliberate exaggeration by the artist to create further exhilaration.
This is a showcase for any room and would deserve its own podium or table.