Barbara Lavallee, 2006
Watercolor on paper - 22х42
Homer, Alaska, USA
How does the traveller see it?
(Fragment of a post from a Facebook page)
New Kuspuk

The Indigenous American population, as they are referred to these days in the politicially correct United States, began its journey around the continent from Asia around 19 to 22 thousand years ago. Interestingly, genetic analyses do not support the idea of multiple migrations; they suggest that there was only one wave.

The Inuit, Yupik and Aleut peoples stayed in the north, while groups who would later be known as the Sioux, Navajo, Aztec, Mayan, Quechua and Aymara peoples, continued on southward.

New Kuspuk is the name of this watercolor, purchased in Homer, Alaska. It depicts a scene in three parts. 

The first part: Mom finishes sewing a “Kuspuk”. This is a traditional piece of clothing for local inhabitants (though the Pope also boasts one, gifted to him).
The second part: the daughter enjoys her new attire.
The third part: the daughter gives her Mom a kiss and thanks her.

These three mini-scenes are united by yellow measuring tape. In this way we can say that Barbara Lavallee, an artist from the city of Sitka, “sewed” three scenes into one.
What could be more uplifting than a picture that has both a beginning and a happy ending?
What does an expert say?
In her light-hearted and humorous watercolors, reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, Barbara depicts scenes from the life of folks up north and humorous fairy tale-style narratives.

Halyna Sklyarenko, candidate in Art History
Что скажет зритель?