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Goota Ashoona

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.

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Goota Ashoona (b. 1967 Sand­spit) Ki­awak Ashoona, Inuit Carver, My Father 2002 Stone and metal 51 x 23 cm

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