Lot 98
JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976), E9-818, Povungnituk

THE MIGRATION, stone, hide, wood, thread, c. 1970, bears paper label with signature in Roman and syllabics,
15.00" x 14.02" x 6.50"
38.10 x 35.60 x 16.50 cm

Est. $100000/150000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 11/05/2012

Provenance: Private Collection, Montreal, QC By descent to the present owner, Private Collection, Montreal, QC

Note: “In this small boat the people are cramped together as they want to live – always to face death.” -Joe Talirunili in Joe Talirunili: A Grace Beyond the Reach of Art, 1977, as quoted Falconer, Shelley & Shawna White, Stones, Bones and Stitches: Storytelling through Inuit Art, McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, ON) with Tundra Books, (Toronto, ON), 2007 pp. 14-15 This work recounts the harrowing journey of the artist’s own childhood adventure. He and the other survivors of a shipwreck are depicted on a crowded umiak - a hastily constructed skin boat - paddling through breaking ice floes in an attempt to reach safety.

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