b. 1973 Rigolet, NL —
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