Numbered, inscribed and dated, in graphite, lower left to right: 2/25 Leah Kumaluk - Povungnituk 1972; [Inuktitut syllabics] Fish chop; embossed, lower left:
In this stonecut print, Leah Qumaluk demonstrates a masterful use of negative space and employs a bold blue-green line to define the human figure. For the bird figure, Qumaluk uses the opposite technique, defining the figure through negative space. The juxtaposition of these figures—and techniques—as well as the exaggerated scale alludes to the interdependency of these beings.
Actively involved with the Puvirnituq print shop since its inception, Qumaluk worked as both a printer and an artist beginning in the early 1960s. She is unique in the sense that as an artist and printer, she often had control of her imagery from the initial concept to the final printing.
From the 2021 exhibition A Legacy for Learning: The Jane and Raphael Bernstein Collection, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Katherine W. Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. & Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming; John R. Stomberg Ph.D, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director; Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art; and Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University
NAS 30.21, Native American Art and Material, Jami Powell, Spring 2020
Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Legacy for Learning: The Jane and Raphael Bernstein Collection, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 4, 2021–February 6, 2022.
John R. Stomberg, A Legacy for Learning: The Jane and Raphael Bernstein collection; Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Hood Museum of Art, 2021, Plate 34, p.59, detail p.42, listed p.100.
Arctic Quebec, Prints, 1972, Levis, Quebec: Le Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau Quebec, 1972, catalogue no. 8.
Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; sold to Jane and Raphael Bernstein, Ridgewood, New Jersey, September 1, 1973; lent to present collection, 2011; given to present collection, 2013.
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