From the Edi­tor

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS - Britt Gallpen

Al­most five decades ago, Wil­liam E. Tay­lor Jr., Di­rec­tor of the then National Mu­seum of Man (now the Cana­dian Mu­seum of History) stated that “Cana­dian [Inuit] art, now and over the past 20 years, con­sti­tutes a stun­ning con­tri­bu­tion to Canada’s com­mon wealth [and] to the na­tion’s her­itage. Al­though [Inuit] art is widely known, it is by no means fully ap­pre­ci­ated in Canada—some know its price but few know its value. Over the next 10, 20, 50 years we will be­gin to hold in awe this aes­thetic, arc­tic ex­plo­sion.”1

This is­sue of the Inuit Art Quar­terly is the first of the sesqui­cen­ten­nial year—Canada 150—so-named to mark a cen­tury and a half of na­tion­al­ist history. How­ever, the de­gree to which these cel­e­bra­tions will be wel­comed by the broader In­dige­nous com­mu­nity within these bor­ders re­mains to be seen. What is clear, as Tay­lor noted decades ago, is the ir­refutable im­pact the artists fea­tured in our pub­li­ca­tion have had in shap­ing the na­tion’s idea of it­self.

With this deep and last­ing legacy at the fore­front, we open the 30th year of the IAQ with a look at per­haps the sin­gle most in­flu­en­tial ma­te­rial of the mod­ern Inuit art move­ment: stone.

The fea­tures in this is­sue span 60 years of sculp­tural prac­tices, from the dis­tinc­tive, com­mu­nal aes­thetic of three decades of Arviat artists, in­clud­ing John Pang­nark, Andy Miki and Lucy Tasseor Tutswee­tok, to the witty word­play of Kin­ngait’s Jamasee Pitseolak.2 Iglu­lik’s Bart Hanna is in­ter­viewed by IAF Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Alysa Pro­cida on his mon­u­men­tal Mi­gra­tion (2013), a stun­ning trib­ute to the his­to­ries of move­ment. Through each of these artists’ works, the dis­rup­tive forces of colo­nial­ism are made tan­gi­ble.

Else­where, we ex­plore the pro­cesses that bring stone to the sur­face. In our Port­fo­lio “From Quarry to Co-op”, we vis­ually trace how carv­ings are made, and in Com­ment Nu­natsi­avum­miut artist Ja­son Jacque dis­cusses the chal­lenges he faces in ac­cess­ing ma­te­ri­als.

As we pre­pare for our an­niver­sary is­sue this fall, we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing these ex­am­i­na­tions of the cen­tral role of Inuit art to the idea of what Canada is and can be.

Photo Cpl Shilo Adam­son Cour­tesy Caan­dian Forces

Turn to page 40 to read about Bart Hanna’s epic sculp­ture Mi­gra­tion (2013).

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