16" Bear Transformtn by Charlie Ookpik *Universal Force*

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Charlie Ookpik


$3,860.00 CAD



Inuit art: Transformation Bear 
Inuit Artist: Charlie Ookpik
Size: 16" high, 10 wide, 8" deep, 30 lbs
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 20
Stone: Serpentinite
id: c-067

**This Item is Eligible for our Layaway Plan

Ookpik"s transformation bear is the most mysterious and curious piece in our Gjoa Haven collection.

I keep this sculpture close to my desk in the gallery.  When I look up from working, he is looking directly at me.

His countenance changes from hour to hour.

Such a paradox.

He often has the look of a child, innocent and pure, needing protection. His arms are rudimentary like flippers. His body features are primal, like a baby.

At other times , he seems possessed with ungodly powers. His eyes become haunted. His nose is wide and flat with large nostrils. He looks more like an animal than a human.. The lips are indistinct like a serpent's. 

For me, the essence of this transformation bear  ebbs and flows. One moment, it is an innocent child.  The next it is a demon.

I believe Ookpik is exploring the "hidden demon" spirit.  These are our inner evils that continually battle with our conscience.  This battle is present in all of us.

This is NOT a frightening piece. In fact, I find myself wanting to protect it. More than anything, I am fascinated by this piece.

An amazing sculpture created by a superlative artist, Charlie Ookpik.

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