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Stones, Bones and Stitches

September 29, 2007 to March 30, 2008

Stones, Bones and Stitches is an exhibition of Inuit works from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s permanent collection. Based on a new publication by Tundra Books written by McMichael curators Shelley Falconer and Shawna White, the exhibition features six talented Inuit artists, each of whom works with a different material to create outstanding works of art.

With the largest number of artists per capita in Canada, Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset) comes into focus with the artistic accomplishments of Oviloo Tunnillie, Kenojuak Ashevak and Lukta Qiatsuk. Kenojuak Ashevak’s works provide the opportunity to explore printmaking in Kinngait and demonstrate the process of transforming a drawing into a print. Lukta Qiatsuk’s Owl Spirit is the impetus for examining the history and importance of the Baleen Whale in both the North and South, while Oviloo Tunnillie’s Woman Quarrying Stone provides a glimpse into the harsh realities of quarrying in the Arctic.

Other works highlighted in Stones, Bones and Stitches include David Ruben Piqtoukun’s and Joe Talirunili’s sculptures titled Alliok and The Migration respectively. Also included is an untitled, yet beautiful example of Jessie Oonark’s, embroidery work. Together, the rich and varied works in this exhibition allow us to explore Inuit culture, history and legends.

Complementing this highly informative exhibition are photographs and regional maps woven together with insightful commentary about the artists, their communities and their working conditions.

The Tundra publication Stones, Bones and Stitches: Storytelling Through Inuit Art will be launched officially at the McMichael on October 13, 2007. Meet the authors Shelley Falconer and Shawna White who will be pleased to sign your copy and to answer any questions you may have about the artists represented in this delightful book, suitable for readers of all ages.

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Talelayu Opiitlu

Kenojuak Ashevak (Cape Dorset, b.1927)
Talelayu Opiitlu, 1979
stonecut and stencil on paper
61.3 x 68.5 cm
Collection of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd., on loan to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
CDP.40.157.1

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