Inuit art: Skidoo and Qamutiik (sled)
Inuit Artist: Mesat Calebis
Size: 16" long (Skidoo 9" & Sled 6"), 4" high, 4" wide
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
When the Inuit Art Quarterly's spring edition came out, collectors immediately fell in love with its cover (Jamesie's Pitseolak's famous motorcycles). The abstractness, the boundaries it pushed, and the utilitarian industrial concept it captured was astonishing and mind blowing. It brought Inuit art into this Andy Warhol type dimension never seen before.
Jamesie Pitseolak unknowingly pioneered yet a new generation of Inuit carvers. Life in the North, although very traditional at times, has also adapted very much so to Western society. The inspiration to craft subject matters that are everyday essentials for the Inuit will remain the legacy of Jamesie Pitseolak.
Influenced by Jamasie's amazing craftsmanship, Mesat Calebis wanted to create something that would show not only how the Inuit live today, but also something that would stay true to some of the Inuit traditions. The snowmobile and Qamutik are the main sources of transportation in the North. It is the lifeline that allow the Inuit to go hunting.
The stoic and opulent pallid stone lends itself to the terse lines and flawless symmetry. This howls to the conclusion of a masterpiece with bounteous sashay and audacity.
The piece is so different and incredibly unique, but maintains its essential proportions and highly creative visage.