San­dra Hol­lett

b. 1994 Cor­ner Brook, NL

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - – Michael Massie

San­dra Hol­lett is a de­ter­mined, out­go­ing and very en­er­getic re­cent grad­u­ate from the Fine Arts pro­gram at Memo­rial Univer­sity’s Gren­fell Cam­pus in Cor­ner Brook, and, co­in­ci­den­tally, the daugh­ter of my first cousin. But this isn’t why I chose her. My be­lief is that if a per­son, no mat­ter their age, is will­ing to en­roll in an art pro­gram and fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion, then that alone is a tes­ta­ment to the fu­ture of Inuit art and some­thing to be noted and cel­e­brated. San­dra is the kind of artist who is very will­ing to try new and dif­fer­ent tech­niques. She has sewn, thrown, painted and printed pieces of art that all hold Inuit ways and tra­di­tions in them. To me, her work is a prime ex­am­ple of some­thing that I have been talk­ing about in my own ca­reer since I started: even though some art­works may not look Inuit, that is be­side the point. The fact is if an art­work is made by an Inuk, it is Inuit art. San­dra is al­ways think­ing of ways she can in­cor­po­rate new ideas into her work while also in­ject­ing them with old tra­di­tions. The Inuit art world needs young peo­ple like San­dra to keep sto­ries, tra­di­tions and ways alive. They may not look the same or have the same pur­pose, but that is what art is about—in­cor­po­rat­ing new ideas and ways. Be­cause of young peo­ple like San­dra, we can be sure that that will hap­pen.

PHOTO CAMILLE USHER

San­dra Hol­lett Pots 2014 Glazed ceram­ics var­i­ous di­men­sions

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