“Inuksuit” are stone landmarks placed by the Tuniit, Thule, and Inuit peoples throughout the Arctic as reference points or markers (1). This composition is modeled after a solitary inuksuk at a revered site near Saatturittuq, on southwest Baffin Island, the largest of Canada’s islands.(2)
All the pieces for this composition came from a single large rock. The dwarf ivy near the base recalls the tiny plants and lichens that emerge in the microclimates surrounding arctic stones as the weather warms.
The Korean tray, a casting of 85% mica and graphite, is hand burnished but otherwise unfinished.
(1) Hessel, I. (1993). Canadian Inuit Sculpture. Ottowa: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
(2) Hallendy, N. (2000). Inuksuit: Silent Messengers of the Arctic. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, Ltd.