Fishing Weights, 2015, Couzyn van Heuvelen (Inuk), Muskox horn, fish hook, thread, brass, 6" x 1" x 48", $700

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This work emerged out of seeing nuts used on fishing hooks as weights up north. These were used when trying to snag fish with a hook, rather than attracting the fish with a lure. This seemed like a significant shift from traditional views on fishing. This work is perhaps a way to bridge the gap between the carefully carved lures of the past, and the present day use of nuts used as weights. I have carved two nuts from muskox horn. This imbues the nuts with a value beyond their form. There is their material value, with its cultural associations, and the value in- stilled in an object that has been carefully and precisely rendered.