Summer Camp Scene by Pitseolak Ashoona

Summer Camp Scene by Pitseolak Ashoona

Summer Camp Scene

Pitseolak Ashoona

Title

Summer Camp Scene

 
Artist
Year
1968  
Technique
color Stone-Cut 
Image Size
16 x 23" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
17 of 50  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated and annotated: "stonecut" and "Dorset" 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove Japanese paper 
State
published 
Publisher
Cape Dorset Eskimo Cooperative (chop, lower right margin) 
Inventory ID
14141 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description

The West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Cape Dorset, Canada was a printmaking collective founded by Canadian artist James A. Houston (1921-2005) in response to a question by Inuit artist Oshowetuk about how cigarette packs could all have the same image. Houston began teaching printmaking and went to Japan in 1958 to learn relief printmaking.

In Cape Dorset stone was the readily available material and the artists began cutting relief images into the stone, which were called "Stone-cuts."

This is an example of an early "stone cut", with a transferred image and printed in relief from carved stone. Like a woodcut, the image that is to be printed is raised above the plane, the non printing areas having been cut away.

Pitseolak Ashoona was one of the early Cape Dorset printmakers, and one of the most prolific, despite having given birth to 17 children.

Pitseolak tended to put an image to many of the legends and stories she had learned from her father, many portraying visions and supernatural occurrences while others portrayed everyday Inuit life, however this image, using colors separated by white lines, depicts Inuit people engaging in summer activities as a group.