My Daily Art
Museum directors sometimes ask each other – which artwork would you grab if there was a fire in your museum. Well, actually there are several at the WAG but one stands out for me these days: “Bird Shaman” by Luke Iksiktaaryuk (1909-1977), an Inuit carver from Baker Lake in Nunavut.
With economy of means, the artist has created the body of the shaman from the naturally curved shape of the antler trunk. Transformed, it soars upward on curved wings as a singular force.
A few years ago, when I participated in the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in LA, we were asked to present one artwork that inspired and uplifted us. I chose this piece – and just shy of 1 metre in height, I can still carry it.
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