12" Table and Chairs

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Inuit art: Table & Chairs
Inuit Artist: Mosat Selebi
Size: 12" long (Chairs and Table placed together like in picture), 6" high (chair). 4.5" high (table)
Community: Cape Dorset
Stone: Serpentine
id: ndc-97-1254688acejy

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 in my mind, astonishing / mind blowing; and brought Inuit Art into this Andy Warhol type dimension never seen before. This is a much welcome presence for Inuit art to be in, in the 21st century.

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, Mosat Selebi wanted to create a piece that shows typical life in the North. Inuit by nature continuously seek comfort and like to be with people such as friends and family. Typical to an Inuit household in the North, a regular kitchen table with chairs is the gathering place for everyone. Visitors coming over will sit down and enjoy one another's company over a poker game, a cup of tea or just with laughter. This close nit society comes from the hardships of fighting the continuous elements of the Northern cold and weather.

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 brilliance of the subject matter is indeed utilitarian, however verges on the abstract of modernism.

The piece is so different and incredibly unique, but maintains its essential proportions and highly creative visage.


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