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10 Works of Motherly Love

May 09, 2020
by IAQ

The canon of Inuit art is replete with images of mothers: carrying babies in their amautiit, soothing nightmares, playing in the snow. Mothers play a vital part in the lives of their children, even when they're all grown up. Today, we celebrate mother love: this powerful bond between mother and child.

ElijassiapikEliMotherandChild

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

AshoonaPitseolakYoungMother

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

OshutsiaqOmallukChildPlayingWithMothersNecklace

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

KalvakHelenTheLittleHunter2

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

GauthierBillyMotherAndChild

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

ArnaktauyokGermaineQuietTime

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

MassieMichaelNightmaresofAmayugyug

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

SailaPitaloosieMothersLullaby

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

IyaitukMattiusiMymotherKeptMeWarmInHerAmauti

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