Small detailed sculptures open new exhibit

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Small Worlds: Inuit Miniature Carving is a new exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). On view until winter 2020, Small Worlds brings together more than 100 miniature carvings by Inuit artists from 19 communities across Nunavut, including Kinngait, Kugaaruk, and Rankin Inlet. Most of the works were created between 1950 and 1970 and drawn from the Government of Nunavut Fine Arts Collection, on longterm loan to the WAG.

Modest in size, these carvings nonetheless symbolically embody entire worlds of belief and ways of life. Many of the miniatures include men hunting seals, fish or whales or women scraping sealskins or tending to the qulliq (oil lamp).

It is Jocelyn Piirainen’s first exhibition in her new role as Assistant Curator of Inuit Art at the WAG.