Baker Lake Artists Today - Richard D. Mohr
The presentation wears its theory lightly, but on the aesthetic front, it offers support for formal and cultural studies approaches to Inuit art criticism over the prevailing biographical and story-telling based ones.
On the ethnographic front, it turns out that current artistic practices in Baker Lake reflect and are hampered by an unease marbled through the local culture. Here joy and glory float shakily on a sea of discontent and dysfunction. But the presentation ends on a rising arc by suggesting that Jessie Oonark’s life offers a model for navigating the shoals of modern hybrid culture.