Scraping Sealskin

Art Type
Original Drawing
Coloured pencil and crayon drawing on white paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 30 x 12 ¼ in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 76 x 31 cm
Not Framed
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Untitled (Scraping Sealskin) by Shuvinai Ashoona & Padloo Samayualie – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2023 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

Condition:          No condition noted.  It is common that original drawings will show minor handling marks and probably stains caused by the artist themselves.  It is also common to see, particularly with Shuvinai’s drawings, uneven paper trimming.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:    After seals are harvested and are skinned by the hunter, Inuit women quickly prepare the seal skins for garments. The skins are cleaned and rinsed in fresh water to rid the skin of salt, fat and blood.  Then they remove the fat and blubber by laying the skin out flat on a board and scraping it clean with their ulu.  The seal skin is then stretched over a frame and is left to dry.  This woman is peacefully and quietly performing this chore.

Clearly this composition is creation of Shuvinai and the overall work is a collaboration with Padloo Samayualie.  You can identify the most careful and delineated colouring of the faces, clothing and objects that form part of the composition to be Padloo’s contribution as it is common to see Shuvinai’s colouring a bit scratchier.

The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.