Artist in WAG Exhibition Draws on Inuit Legends

“Kiugak was the grandson and son-in-law of well-known and respected shamans, and these and other family members were a source of much knowledge about shamanism and Inuit mythology which he interprets through his carvings,” explains Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art.

Wight spent several years researching this exhibition, visiting with the artist, and uncovering hitherto unknown aspects of his work. “Many of Kiugak’s works have been titled as just ‘spirit’ or ‘creature.’ However, my interviews revealed that many of his carvings illustrate specific stories, such as Natturalik, the eagle who abducted a young woman.”

The exhibition consists of 19 drawings and 30 sculptures, drawn from the collections of the WAG, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and several other public and private collections.
 

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