Air­plane (Past, Present, Fu­ture) (1995)

Inuit Art Quarterly - - 5 WORKS - JOHN GEOGHEGAN As­sis­tant Edi­tor and Cir­cu­la­tion Man­ager

Air­plane (Past, Present, Fu­ture) tells a re­mark­able story, rich in de­tail and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. The piece is made up of a grey stone igloo base, a mul­ti­toned air­plane above and a fly­ing green shaman perched atop it all. The igloo is a sym­bol of the artist’s past, liv­ing on the land with his fam­ily near Paulatuk, Inu­vialuit Set­tle­ment Re­gion (ISR), NT, as a child. The air­plane rep­re­sents tran­si­tional pe­ri­ods for the artist, be­ing taken to at­tend res­i­den­tial school, but also leav­ing the Ar­tic to live in the South and trav­el­ling the world mak­ing art­work. The fi­nal com­po­nent–the shaman–flies above with arms out­stretched, rep­re­sent­ing the fu­ture. A sym­bol of cul­tural re­siliency, he moves for­ward, car­ry­ing with him nu­mer­ous his­to­ries, which pro­pel him as he nav­i­gates what the fu­ture has to of­fer.

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