The late Kinngait-based graphic artist Siassie Kenneally was known for her dense illustrations, steeped in personal histories an rendered from memory. This interview, conducted last year and presented in English and Inuktut, focuses on a single, exceptional work that intimately documents a life lived, in all its striking detail.
Kinngamiutaviniq titiraujaqti Siassie Kenneally qaujimajaulauqpuq titiqtugarminut,titiqtugaqtangit tunngaviqalauqput iqqaumajavininginnik inuusirilauaqtaminiglu. Una titiraqsimavuq qallunaatitut Inuktitullu arraani apiqsuqtautillugu. Taana unikkausiqaqpuq titiqtugarmit atausirmit nuititiisimattiarninganik inuusiulauqtumik saqqititinngmat ilungittiaqsimajumik.
Happy Nunavut Day! In honour of the 25th anniversary of the land claims agreement that initiated the establishment of the territory, we’re celebrating by bringing you a selection of work by artists from Nunavut including Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Alethea Aggiuq Arnaquq-Baril, Tim Pitsiulak, Jesse Tungilik, Andrew Qappik, Jessie Oonark, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, Kenojuak Ashevak and Hinaani Design.
“There is this Inuk teaching, the more you give the more you get. So if I’m gifted seal flippers, I’ll give a pair of earrings to the huntress or hunter that gave them to me. It’s an exchange and it just keeps giving me more and more.”
On Thursday, May 31, 2018 Inuit Art Quarterly staff met with Martha Kyak during Indigenous Fashion Week in Toronto. They discussed what being part of Indigenous Fashion Week means to Martha and how her sought-after sealskin necklace came to be.
In the study of art, a seam in time can sometimes unexpectedly open, spilling a packet of the past. All the spark and vitality of a moment long passed has somehow been saved and can now be relived afresh. Such was the experience of eighty-two-year-old, New York-based writer and educator Richard Lewis, who was quietly performing that most monotonous of domestic chores—cleaning his basement—when he came across a manila envelope containing a blast from his past. Inside were 27 pristine drawings on coloured card stock, the work of the Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU, artist Jessie Oonark, OC, RCA (1906–1985), drawings made with coloured pens when the artist was in her prime, in the late 1960s. Read More
In 2013, Bart Hanna completed his most ambitious sculpture to date: Migration, a monumental ship with a cast of unique characters carved from a single block of stone weighing over 700 pounds, retrieved more than 300 miles north of Iglulik (Igloolik), NU, outside of Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay). In this interview with IAF Executive Director Alysa Procida, Hanna explains the significance of this singular work. Read More