Seniors Social: Narrative and Transformation

Carved mask of a face surrounded by a metal ring and standing on four thin metal legs

David Ruben Piqtoukun. Mask, date unknown. Stone, painted metal, metal display stand/mount: 115.7 × 81.5 × 34 cm.; mask: 58 × 41.5 × 11 cm. Private Collection. © David Ruben Piqtoukun


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Seniors Social: Narrative and Transformation

Tuesday, June 13, 10 am

Make new artistic connections and spark conversations! Join us for our Seniors Social program, a monthly workshop series for older adults that combines conversations with art and artmaking. In celebration of Radical Remembrance: The Sculptures of David Ruben Piqtoukun, we will consider the materiality of Piqtoukun’s work and his use of stone, metal, wood and bone. 

Raised on the land and required to attend residential school, Piqtoukun infuses his work with contemporary elements and stories and animals he encountered while growing up in the community of Paulatuk, Northwest Territories. 

His is a unique vision that both revels in tradition and acknowledges the necessary and often painful adaptations of his people. He returns to themes of transformation, shamanism and spiritual and physical power. 

Through discussion and drawing we’ll consider our own early memories, the landscapes of our youth and how we may or may not have identified with animals. 


  • pencil

  • eraser

  • ruler

  • large sheet cardstock or Bristol board in black or white, or two to three paper plates

  • scissors

  • glue stick and/or stapler and/or clear tape

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