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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….Ruben Anton Komangapik

Ruben Anton Komangapik is an Inuit artist born in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada born in the year 1976. Komangapik is one of my favorite Inuit artists as he is not only the same age as myself, but also for his unique blend of materials he uses. Sure he uses the normal Inuit mediums such as whalebone or caribou antlers, but the artist also uses such items not usually associated with Inuit art like metal, gemstones and ivory.

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I love the mixture of mediums in his portrayal of the goddess of the sea in the gallery, even the teeth are shown in detail. When carving people he might work from a horn base.

The artist completed the jewelry and metal work program at the Nunavut Arctic College located in Iqaluit.

In this clip we view a wonderful shaman mask made by the artist.