Inuit art: Owl
Inuit Artist: Matt Flarherty
Size: 19" across, 6" tall, 4" deep
Community: Yellowknife, NWT
Stone: Wonder Stone
Throughout history, people have regarded Owls with fascination and awe. Few other creatures have so many different and contradictory beliefs about them.
Owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with witchcraft and medicine, the weather, birth and death. Speculation about Owls began in earliest folklore, too long ago to date, but passed down by word of mouth over generations.
In this enigmatic work, Flarherty makes his foray into the world of the owl. The Arctic or Snowy owl has a wingspan of 1.5 metres. This great Snowy owl, wings fully outstretched, may be quietly landing about to fold his wings down by his side. Or is he fiercely spreading his wings in a defensive stance protecting his young?
Mimicking the blinding whiteness of the Arctic landscape, Flarherty has captured the essence of the owl in his use of this magical white and light gray serpentine stone.
Is this formidable hunter assessing your worthiness as prey? Owl’s staring eyes appear to follow your every movement.