Monday, 3 March 2014

Abundance


 Traditionally Inuits used to hunt dovekies in July when they were nesting on high cliffs. They would catch the birds, kill them and stuff them into bags made of sealskin and full of seal blubber to ferment. During winter these morsels would be brought out and eaten as treats.

In the series, Polar Bear, the bears often behave as Inuits. In the beautifully shaped composition, Abundance, both bears carry sealskin bags and nets to catch the dovekies. If you look carefully at the bears they seem a little disturbed as if they know they are being watched.