Jason Sikoak

b. 1973 Rigo­let, NL —

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PORTFOLIO -

Of­ten tack­ling themes both po­lit­i­cal and spir­i­tual, Rigo­let-born, Mon­treal-based Jason Sikoak’s pen-andink draw­ings de­pict the ten­sions sur­round­ing an­ces­tral tra­di­tions and re­la­tion­ships to land in the face of colo­nial or re­li­gious forces. Tak­ing early in­spi­ra­tion from the tales grac­ing the pages of Them Days— a pub­li­ca­tion ded­i­cated to the sto­ries of Labrador—and the images fea­tured in a spe­cial il­lus­trated edi­tion, Sikoak com­bines fa­mil­ial oral his­to­ries with writ­ten records to vis­ually pre­serve and hon­our these pasts. Scenes of Inuit life—from a hunter hoist­ing a har­poon above an ice hole in an­tic­i­pa­tion of an ap­proach­ing seal and cer­e­mo­nial drum dances to the shamanic and Chris­tian con­flicts in Sacri­lege (2015)—are care­fully inked across the pages of his dy­namic images.

Jason Sikoak (b. 1973 Rigo­let) — Sacri­lege2015In­k124.5 × 165.1 cm COUR­TESY THE ROOMS PHOTO NED PRATT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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