Jamasee Padluq Pitseolak

Handcuffs

2011
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Jamasee Padluq Pitseolak is inspired by language, visually interpreting puns and other odd English expressions. As someone who grew up speaking Inuktitut first, the artist mines the English language for its strangeness and in subtle ways reveals its often incongruous layers of meaning. In this work, he deliberately carved the hands in an open position, as opposed to fists, in order to suggest that the hands are free yet bound at the same time. The viewer is left to wonder if the keys placed by the hands will result in liberty or vain attempts for freedom.
Title
Handcuffs
Date
2011
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
stone and caribou antler
Dimensions
8.4 x 33 x 8.7 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2012
Rights
© Dorset Fine Arts
Accession number
45404