Jackoposie Oopakak

Nunali

c. 1988-1989
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As if echoing the caribou’s thoughts, an entire worldview, encompassing the living inhabitants of the tundra and sea, is contained within the graceful arcing forms of the antlers. From the base to the tips, and along each of the branches, Jackoposie Oopakak has carved arctic animals and birds including caribou, polar bears and whales. Human activities such as fishing, hunting by bow and arrow, cleaning skins, stretching boots, and travelling by dog-sled and kayak are also illustrated. While antler is a common medium in Inuit art, a full pair is a rarity. Oopakak’s extraordinary technical skill at carving and his training in jewellery-making are evident in the precise and intricate details.
Title
Nunali
Date
c. 1988-1989
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
dark green stone, antler, sinew, bone, steel, and black inlay
Dimensions
113 x 73.6 x 95.4 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2003
Accession number
41188