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10 Works of Mother Love

Feb 14, 2020

We’ve talked about romantic love in its different facets this week, but so far haven’t touched on familial love. The canon of Inuit art is replete with images of mothers: carrying babies in their amautiit, soothing nightmares, playing in the snow. Slide on into Family Day long weekend this Valentine’s Day with ten works that celebrate mother love: the bond between mother and child.


Eli Elijassiapik
Mother and Children (c. 2009) Steatite 11 x 7.5 x 5.5 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler


Pitseolak Ashoona
Young Mother (1976) Lithograph 16.25 x 19 in
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Omalluk Oshutsiaq
Child Playing With Mother’s Necklace (n.d.) Serpentine and beads 9.5 x 4.5 x 6 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Reproduced with Permission Dorset Fine Arts


Helen Kalvak
The Little Hunter (1982) Stonecut 38.5 x 41.5 cm
Courtesy Canadian Arctic Producers


Billy Gauthier
Mother and Child (n.d.) Serpentine and alabaster 11 x 9 x 4 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery


Germaine Arnaktauyok
Quiet Time (2005) Etching and Aquatint 19.5 x 18 in
Courtesy Inuit Gallery of Vancouver


Michael Massie
Nightmares of Amayugyug (n.d.) Anhydrite, bone, ebony, lignum vitae, mahogany and bloodwood 15.5 x 10.75 x 7.75 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery


Pitaloosie Saila
Mother’s Lullaby (1991) Lithograph 65.9 x 66.3 cm
Copyright Dorset Fine Arts


Mattiusi Iyaituk
My Mother Kept Me Warm in Her Amauti (n.d.) Serpentine 10 x 7 x 4.5 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery