Couzyn van Heuvelen’s Nitsiit

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Nitsiit, which means “hooks” in Inuktituk, is an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production. Artist Couzyn van Heuvelen worked with students and technicians at Sheridan’s Oakville campus over the Fall 2017 semester to develop the sculptures in the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design’s workshops. He explains that he “was interested in exploring the rapid prototyping technologies at Sheridan, as using newer manufacturing processes to create work that references traditional Inuit technologies will allow these objects to be seen from a fresh, modern perspective.” The moulds for the cast metal sculptures as well as the wood and ceramic lures were all created at Sheridan.

Couzyn van Heuvelen is a Canadian Inuk sculptor. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but living in Southern Ontario for most of his life, his work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. Van Heuvelen holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.

Images: installation and detail views of Nitsiit (2017) by Couzyn van Heuvelen. Photography by Toni Hafkenscheid.