As part of the MIA’s new fundraising initiative ‘Adopt an Object’, we’ll be highlighting a featured item from our Permanent Collection that staff have chosen to represent some of the unique pieces we display in the museum. For more information on the program itself and what it means to be a donor, you can check out our past blog post.
Today, we’re highlighting a staff favourite – Kenojuak Ashevak’s “The Enchanted Owl”
Artist: Kenojuak Ashevak, CC, RCA (1927-2013)
Location: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Medium: Colour Trial Paper
Dimensions (L x W): 22” x 26”
Collection: MIA Collection
Significance: The Enchanted Owl is arguably the most iconic Inuit print produced to date, made popular by its appearance on a commemorative postage stamp in 1970 celebrating the centennial anniversary of the North West Territories. MIA is lucky to have in its collection a colour trial proof of The Enchanted Owl, which captures the intermediary stage of testing the colour for this stonecut print prior to the momentous decision to split the run of the print. This resulted in a rare example of an Inuit print being produced in two colours—twenty-five being produced in red and twenty-five being produced in green. This work by Kenojuak Ashevak, a master Inuit artist, was featured in the first Cape Dorset Print Collection released to the public in 1960.
Adoption Rate: $700
To adopt this piece, contact our curator Alysa at aprocida [at] miamuseum [dot] ca.
– Posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer