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Couzyn van Heuvelen (Inuk)

Glass beads, fish hook, thread, brass

6″ x 1″ x 48″ (15 x 3 x 122cm)


This work creates a fishing lure from a number of glass beads strung onto the line, the line and hook closely resembling a needle and thread. Beads have historically been a highly valued trade items among Inuit, incorporated into artistic practices and clothing production. Here I am presenting an additional use for beadwork, imagining that fish might find them appealing as well. Carrying this imagined use forward proves futile, as the beads would be lost if the hook was pulled on. The beads are not knotted, but threaded onto the line as though they might still be sewn by mistaking a hook for a needle.