Pud­loo Sa­mayualie

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This draw­ing, aptly ti­tled Sculp­ture That I Saw in New York (2016), was cre­ated fol­low­ing the artist’s 2016 res­i­dency at the Brook­lyn Mu­seum and cap­tures a 2002 sculp­ture by cel­e­brated Ivu­jivik, Nu­navik, QC, carver Mat­tiusi Iyaituk. The orig­i­nal work, Wear­ing Her First New Shawl, was spot­ted by Sa­mayualie at a nearby com­mer­cial gallery. Af­ter pho­tograph­ing the piece, Sa­mayualie be­gan the draw­ing when she re­turned home to Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU. In a wry twist on the Kin­ngait Stu­dios artist’s long­stand­ing prac­tice of draw­ing from pho­to­graphs, namely land­scapes and lo­cal flora and fauna, this piece fea­tures the added layer of il­lus­trat­ing the artis­tic cre­ation of a fel­low Inuit artist, from another re­gion, in an al­ter­nate medium.

The re­sult­ing work on pa­per is demon­stra­tive of Sa­mayualie’s sig­na­ture vis­ual lan­guage— de­fined line work, tex­tured ap­pli­ca­tions of coloured pen­cil and a well-con­sid­ered per­spec­ti­val ap­proach that max­i­mizes move­ment and di­men­sion­al­ity and of­ten makes strate­gic use of ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments such as win­dows and posts, or in this case, the slight lean of a cen­tral axis. Here, Sa­mayualie faith­fully ren­ders Iyaituk’s curv­ing, ges­tu­ral arms, the in­cised but­tons

(or are they stitches?) and the stacked, slightly askew, mul­ti­toned stones to re­veal, or rather to recre­ate, a charm­ing por­trait of an un­named sub­ject.

Pud­loo Sa­mayualie (b. 1977 Kin­ngait)Sculp­ture That Saw in New York 2016Coloured pen­cil and ink76.2 × 58.4 cm RE­PRO­DUCED WITH PER­MIS­SION DORSET FINE ARTS COUR­TESY FE­HE­LEY FINE ARTS

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