“Igloo Dwellers” by Lucy Qinnuayuak – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1969 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts. Framed.
Condition: Framed. No further condition noted
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Another beautiful and intriguing work by Lucy Qinnuayuak, which as usual, includes depiction of one of her favorite subjects: birds. Lucy Qinnuayuak was prolific and drew many different subjects, but surely it is for her whimsical birds that she is best remembered. This print is beautifully framed in a simple wood-like frame with some marks and chips that actually work in its advantage giving it a nice vintage look. In this interesting print Lucy invites us to visit three igloo dwellings of her memories and imagination. In one we see two women, perhaps sisters, with a strange visitor hanging off the top ceiling. What could this possible, a spirit? In the middle we see a family with the father, the mother, and their son, also mischievously hanging off the ceiling. Lastly, on the third Igloo, we see a family of birds with the male bird, the female bird, and their offspring obediently standing in front of them.
In the first two dwellings, the semi-circles protruding from the floor, give the impression of light coming from a qulliq and in both cases, the people in the swelling stand behind the light or fire. Interestingly, in the third dwelling, the birds all are standing in front of the qulliq fire, closer to the front.