Inuit art: Inukshuk
Inuit Artist Louie Makittaq
Size: 6.5" high, 4" wide, 1" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!
How Is an Inuit carver able to consistently understand the vital spark of his subject’s soul?
With this piece, Matittaq has captured the essence of the purpose of the Inukshuk.
I love this piece for two reasons.
The Gjoa Haven serpentinite stone is so beautifully portrayed in this carving.
Serpentite is the predominant stone in the remote Gjoa Haven region. Other than fieldstone, almost all Gjoa Haven carvings are carved in serpentite.
The black matte colour freckled with soft medium green is the perfect medium for this Gjoa Haven art.
Second, I am charmed by the sturdy steadfastness of this Inukshuk.
The repetition of the body segments creates a pleasing mathematically precise symmetry.
Our Inukshuk has the aura of a science fiction robot slowly marching across the remote Arctic plains.
On a mission.
Alone but unafrraid.
He is “the stone man who points the way”.
Without ”Inukshuk”, many Arctic travelers would lose their way and risk freezing to death
This sculpture’s stubborn resolve brings peace in the knowledge that he lights the way.
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