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Pitseolak, Jamasie Padluq
Grub Shoe Grub Shoe
2011 2011

“Grub Shoe” depicts a single high heel shoe in the medium of green serpentine. Created by Jamasie Pitseolak, a contemporary Inuit artist from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), the near life size sculpture has a whimsical, even humorous quality. The title is a word play: “Grub” can mean either food or a worm. A “worm shoe” is a strip of wood along a ship’s keel to protect it. “Grub” is also a footwear company. The word “shoefly” comes to mind. Amidst these playful possibilities, the sculpture possesses a more disquieting tone: the otherwise erotic high-heel shoe is de-sexualized or corrupted by the presence of the grub, or maggot. This sculpture relates to a traumatic sexual abuse he suffered as a youth, something the artist has been slowly coming to terms with through his art making. As such, Grub Shoe is ultimately about the possibility of reclaiming power and voice in the face of abuse. It is about liberation.

 
Pitseolak, Jamasie Padluq
Cape Dorset (Kinngait) NWT (NU) 1968 Cape Dorset (Kinngait) NWT (NU) 1968
Grub Shoe Grub Shoe
2011 2011
Serpentinite Serpentinite
12.7 x 26.7 cm
Purchase, Donald Murray Shepherd Bequest Fund, 2018 Purchase, Donald Murray Shepherd Bequest Fund, 2018
61-005

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