COUZYN VAN HEUVELEN
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