‘Indoor’ by Itee Pootoogook – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2010 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: A drawing such as this triggers much significance, interpretation, confusion, analysis because of who the author is… a collector can expect mostly to see drawings with landscapes, details of hunting activities, maybe houses seen from the distance … here we are inside a house, an empty house perhaps and we are looking to a closed door that perhaps leads into a bedroom. No white space representing feeling of emptiness or solitude in the snow, no hunters, no kills or preparation of a seal or caribou, no tools, no qulliq burning, no ice blocks of an igloo. What we see is three colourful walls, a ceiling, an evenly flat floor, a separate bedroom for sleeping, and the room is lit by a lightbulb. Heavy reliance in geometry … again, what is Itee conveying with this apparently simple drawing? Is Itee conveying happiness with the colourful bright colours in his new house or is he uses sarcasm saying, “look what we’re reduced to live in…”? I think this drawing represents the strong social and cultural impact of modernization and cultural assimilation. However, am I looking too deep beyond what is really there? What do you think?
Perhaps not so much as decorative piece of art but I am sure this will trigger much thinking and conversations among the critics, new and seasoned in your social circle. What could make a piece collectible if not this?