On the occasion of his appointment to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Kiugak (Kiawak) Ashoona (1933-2014) travelled to Winnipeg, MB, at the close of the celebrations to visit and work alongside his daughter, third-generation, Kinngait (Cape Dorset) artist Goota Ashoona, who is perhaps best known for her intricate whalebone work.
In Kiawak Ashoona, Inuit Carver, My Father (2002), the late artist is captured mid-action, realizing the iconic form of Nuttaralik (the bird spirit), a signature and oft-revisited subject of Kiugak.
Rendered in smooth, grey stone quarried from the Manitoba-Ontario border and punctured with rich black veins, Goota’s piece stands as a poignant and deeply personal portrait of her father.
Goota Ashoona (b. 1967 Sandspit) Kiawak Ashoona, Inuit Carver, My Father 2002 Stone and metal 51 x 23 cm