COUZYN VAN HEUVELEN

Canadian Art - - Generously Supported By Rbc -

Couzyn van Heuvelen is an Inuk sculp­tor orig­i­nally from Iqualuit, Nu­navut, and cur­rently liv­ing in south­ern On­tario. Van Heuvelen’s prac­tice cen­tres on ex­plor­ing Inuit tech­nol­ogy us­ing non-tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als. Com­ing from a fam­ily of mak­ers in the North but spend­ing much of his time in the south, Van Heuvelen says that his prac­tice of cre­at­ing hy­brid ob­jects al­lows him to ac­cess his Inuit cul­ture while also ex­plor­ing the ways in which tra­di­tions in­flu­ence ev­ery­day life. He plays with no­tions of scale and au­toma­tion, mak­ing har­poon tips and fish­ing lures in sil­ver and bronze, and us­ing 3-D mod­el­ling soft­ware and scans of po­lar bear and wal­rus skulls. These works ref­er­ence both Inuit minia­ture sculp­ture and the use of ivory and bone in Inuit art and tech­nol­ogy. By re­pur­pos­ing raw ma­te­ri­als of sil­ver and bronze to ref­er­ence tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als that are in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to ac­cess, the artist raises ques­tions of ma­te­rial value, hy­brid­ity and con­nec­tion to kin through mak­ing.

Couzyn van Heuvelen Avataq 2016 Screen­printed my­lar, rib­bon, alu­minum and he­lium 91.4 x 76.2 x 40.6 cm COUR­TESY FAZAKAS GALLERY

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