Salt Spring Island resident Abraham Anghik Ruben holds the Order of Canada and has award-winning pieces in public and private collections around the world.
Measurements: 32" x 12" x 12"
Materials: Brazilian Soapstone
“Wrestling with my Demons” would have to be one of his most personal pieces. Not only does it speak to his inner struggles, it is his strongest statement to date of what the indigenous culture across this country had to endure.
It is a sculpture that was created in 2001 for his one man show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. It is in the show catalogue. It was also lent to the Museum of Civilization for a group show in 2006.
Quote from the 2001 Show Catalogue:
"This sculpture is a personal interpretation of my life. It is a mirror of my past, a signpost for the present, a reminder of yet unresolved issues and day-to-day struggles. Past struggles include twenty years of alcoholism and my recovery, and years in the residential school system. These demons still make themselves known, but as time goes by, they have become faint echoes and whispers."
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A master Inuit soapstone carving by celebrated Canadian artist Abraham Anghik Ruben. This piece speaks to the horrors of Ruben's experience at a residential school, titled "Wrestling My Demons". Salt Spring Island resident Abraham Anghik Ruben holds the order of Canada and has award-winning pieces in public and private collections around the world.
Expo 86 Banners and backdrop for NWT Pavilion performance stage
Vancouver, Canada 1986
1990 Northern Myth Northern Legend, National competition for Glaxo/Smith/Kline Canadian Headquarters (16’ limestone sculpture)
1993 Manulife national sculpture competition for placement at BC Gas Building, Vancouver, Canada
1992 Holocaust Sculpture Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Israel
2016 Recipient of the Officer of the Order of Canada
• The Smithsonian’s National- Museum of the American Indian Washington, D.C, USA
• The Rockwell Museum Corning, New York, USA
• Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia
• Museum Cerny Inuit Collection Bern, Switzerland
• Art Gallery of Ontario AGO Toronto, Ontario
• Canadian Embassy Washington DC, USA
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• 2018 Altered Perception, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, BC
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