Prints, drawings and sculptures from the collection of Samuel and Esther Sarick. What joy they must have had acquiring these treasures.
Taking it all in, in such a quick blur left me with dizzying mixed impressions. I enjoyed the pace but fully expect to return to take my time and savour some of these pieces again.
There was a great variety: a cribbage board dwarfed by player's pieces of caribou and bear; an early print of the Enchanted Owl stamp by Kenojuak Ashevak; the head of a female caribou with eyes of haunting depth; a playful drawing of a curtain of mosquitoes at a hunting camp; shamans dancing; spirits protecting mothers and children.
The myth of Sedna, Inuit Goddess of the sea, is a myth shared by the Inuit and other North Pole peoples. After several trials and contests with her father over whom she should marry, Sedna's father throws her in the sea from his boat and as she tries to climb back in he cuts off her fingers, one by one, so that she cannot grasp the boat. The fingers become the sea mammals and Sedna, falling to the bottom, becomes the goddess of the sea and sea life. Aboriginal SpiritualityThere were many manifestations of Sedna. She must have been a personal favourite of the Sarick's. And if you can't get to the AGO to check out Inuit Modern, at least check out this google gallery of images of the mythical goddess ...