PITALOOSIE SAILA, R.C.A. (1942-), E7-1006, Cape Dorset / Kinngait
MOTHER AT CAMP, SEWING A KAMIK, 2012
ink and coloured pencil drawing
signed in syllabics
29 x 21 in — 73.7 x 53.3 cm
Published: Norman Hallendy, An Intimate Wilderness: Arctic Voices in a Land of Vast Horizons (Greystone, 2016) p. 142. Pitaloosie’s drawing was commissioned for this book.
Norman Hallendy asked his “little sister” Pitaloosie to make a drawing that would illustrate traditional life and teach us something about it as well. This stunning work brings to mind one of Pitaloosie’s finest prints, Woman Proudly Sewing, a lithograph from 1988 (see reference below, p. 16). Mother at Camp, Sewing a Kamik is not only a beautiful composition it is also a tour de force example of this artist’s exquisite drawing technique.
Reference: for an overview of Pitaloosie’s life and work see Susan Gustavison and Darlene Coward Wight, Pitaloosie Saila: A Personal Journey (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2017).
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