FIGURES ON A SLEEPING PLATFORM
5" x 19" x 12" — 12.7 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm.
November 17, 2014
the dramatic telling of violence, survival, and legend.
European observers (explorers, naturalists, and ethnographers) were impressed by Inuit structures. Snow houses were considered ingenious, designed to keep the insulating snow cold and the inside of the house dry.
The houses usually included a porch, sometimes several chambers, and a communal sleeping platform was usually constructed at the back of the house. Family members slept together on a common sleeping platform, with the youngest child closest to the mother.
From a singular stone mass, Davidialuk’s “Figures on a Sleeping Platform” is a dramatic telling of violence, survival, and legend.
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