This is an unusually complex carving for John Kavik. The structure of the composition, with generous negative space between the bodies of mother and child, is reminiscent of John Tiktak's mother-and-child sculptures. But the angular heads and faceted bodies are pure Kavik.
John Kavik | Mother and child | c. 1980 | Alaska on Madison
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John Kavik, Mother with child, ex coll. William Johnstone
6 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.
From "Tuvaq," by Ken Mantell: "[I]t is hard not to detect a certain innate sympathy in Bill [Johnsone]'s tastes towards the artists of the Keewatin/Western Hudson Bay communities . . . where artists like . . . John Kavik . . . wrestling with the often extremely hard-to-work local stone available to them come up with artistic solutions of the most startling formal and powerfully expressive character . . . . [Kavik's] much larger and apparently very early stone piece, Mother and Child, has a rough monumentality and quiet dignity about it that is very moving. pp. 195-7.
John Kavik | Mother with child, ex coll. William Johnstone | | Alaska on Madison
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