Bad Spirits, c. 1988-1990
Canadian (Inuit), 1931 - 1998
black stone, whalebone, antler, and ivory
53.5 x 36 x 28 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 38068.1-3)
In Ugyuk's work, references to both shamanism and Christianity sometimes merge. Questions about who is evil and who has done evil to whom are infused with feelings of anger and resentment. This sculpture reflects the view that Christianity was forced upon the Inuit and that in its misunderstanding of traditional beliefs, it has turned the shaman into a devil.
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63 x 36 x 28 cm