in a variety of media including whalebone, stone,
antler and various other organic materials, the
Netsilik artists of the Kitikmeot region have produced
some of the most unusual and impressive works in
the history of northern art. Mostly non-representational
in form and often shamanistic in content, these
images alternately confront, challenge, tease and
surprise the viewer, resulting in an intense expressionism.
This memorable catalogue is one of the first
devoted entirely to the dynamic art of the Netsilik.
With 15 artists represented in total, it includes
key works in the oeuvres of such masters as Judas
Ullulaq, Charlie Ugyuk and Nick Sikkuark. In
a revealing introductory essay, scholar Peter
Millard argues that it is the art's dual grounding
in shamanistic belief and contemporary irony
that gives it its powerful edge.