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Sheila Stewart on ivory female figure (Audio)

April 25th, 2010

Female Figure, date unknown

Unknown artist, Old Bering Sea Culture or Thule, Bering Strait, Alaska. Female Figure, date unknown. Ivory, 6.1cm. Gift of the Klamer Family, 1978 © Art Gallery of Ontario

Working from the concept of ekphrasis, one art form paying homage to another, poet Sheila Stewart created and presents a new poem in response to an ivory carving of a female figure from the AGO’s collection.

Recorded: September 29, 2009 @ Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 5:54

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  • Wjsidmore

    “My Dear Sheila, I should suggest a visit to the tundra, in winter, underground in a home of bone, under the sky of 1200 years distant, listening to seagulls overhead through the smoke-hole of home, children playing under oil light as winds crease the blurred moon. 1200 years distant, in such, as the world spins…away time. You my dear Sheila, live in an alien world, but for a dedication to the north, you will remember those times when life was so rich of walrus meat, and caribou hanging near the water bladder of beluga. Your life leans on a lamp post as the night enters electric dawn. As the doll in your palm, sings in distance that brings emotion of snow, of a time when you were older than now.”

  • Sheila Stewart

    Thank you.