The Big Idea:
Art Can Evolve from Non-Art
We are now working on a multimedia project involving paper mache, paint, chalk and oil pastels. The subject matter is that of an inukshuk. The word "inukshuk" derives it's name from combining the words for "person" and "substitute" in the native tongue of the Inuit people.
These cultural icons of the Inuit and other people of Alaska, Canada's Northern Territories, and Greenland serve many purposes. They can be markers in an otherwise desolate landscape, denote good fishing/hunting grounds, or just be built to show that man has passed by here before (you are
not totally lost!)
Some are just piles of stones, but many are built in a simple form of a person with a head, shoulders, torso and legs.