Sheouak Petaulassie was one of the first women to make prints at the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Cape Dorset. Her prints appeared in two of the earliest Cape Dorset print collections -- 1960 and 1961 --but, tragically, she died prematurely in 1961.
Pot Spirits is a stencil from 1960 (this print is an unsigned, unnumbered artist's proof from the collection of Terry Ryan). It is a whimsical expression of the Inuit belief that all objects had an inua, or spirit. In this delightful print, ordinary pots and kettles have grown heads, arms and legs and are on their way to somewhere. Sheouak only made ten prints during her brief career, but the range of themes and techniques makes one wonder whether she would have rivalled Kenojuak Ashevak in her creativity had she lived a normal lifespan.
This impression is an unnumbered, unsigned artist's proof, acquired from the artist by Terry Ryan. It was sold in the Waddington's auction "Works on Paper: Selections from the Terry Ryan Collection" in June, 2019.
Sheouak Petaulassie | Pot Spirits | 1960 | Alaska on Madison
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