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Characters in Art……Inuit Goddess Sedna

As an admirer of all things artistic its great to see how different artists portray the same subject matter. For me I enjoy looking at clothes, hands, and flowers as my top 3 subjects. Lets take a look at a subject matter that nearly every Inuit artist includes in their portfolio of work, Sedna the Goddess of the Sea.

Its great fun to see a flower painted by Robert Kushner and compare it to an Inuit arctic flower, or a flower done in the Shona style. Hands are my favorite because many cultures elongate the hands and fingers, two examples being the Shona and the Mexican muralist painters, to show the strength of their country’s working class.

To start with we see how a film version of the story of Sedna might be produced. The work is from a student at Cal-Arts which is one of the leading colleges in the world when it comes to learning not only about drawing, but also how to use technology in the world of animation and cartoons. Its a great visual to see how Sedna’s fingers became the creatures of the sea.

Here we have some wonderful works by Pitseolak Niviaqsi. His parents and some siblings were professional artists based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory. Niviaqsi is also a mentor to many up and coming Cape Dorset artists.

And here we have a wonderful graphic work by Ningeokuluk Teevee, also based out of Cape Dorset.

And here a wonderful offering from Ruben Anton Komangapik made from whalebone and antler. The facial expression is awesome!

And a wonderful sculpture of Sedna by Kellypalik Mangitak.

And to close we will look at a work by Nuveeya Ipellie:

I myself just started a paper collage of Sedna and hope to post it here by Friday.

Long live the Inuit Goddess of the Sea, Sedna!


Artist of the moment….Pitseolak Niviaqsi

Pitseolak Niviaqsi is a fantastic Inuit artist born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1947.

Son of the renown artist Niviaksiak and another renown artist named Kuna. Like many of the Inuit artist the artist does a spectacular job at using negative and positive shapes. Its great to see his design skills come through when he works with sculpture using two or more subjects.

Favorite subject is birds and the goddess of the sea.

price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $12,000.

In this clip from Waddington’s Auction house of Canada we see a work titled Pulling her Pigtails up at auction.

Niviaqsi also adds a tremendous amount of detail to his human figures in the faces. What a joy to see the interlocking shapes created with the negative space of two figures!