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Maureen Gruben (Inuvialuk)

Polar bear guard hair, vinyl, cotton thread

70” X 76” (178 x 193cm)


In Communion Thin (2016), polar bear guard hairs are stitched between small vinyl rectangles that are connected with hand-tied red threads to form a suspended array, reminiscent of a thin sheet of ice that obliquely reflects light. With a title that alludes to liturgical objects, the work explores the role materials play in values and belief systems.

– text from “The Generosity of Translucence” by Kyra Kordoski