Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset

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Twelve women artists and writers open this rare window on the northern world of the Inuit. From the nine artists, reminiscences of life on the land and thoughtful comments on the sources of inspiration for their art are interwoven with vivid images of a unique culture and a stern landscape. From the writers, comments from different vantage points illuminate the experience of Inuit women in the modern world. The voices of these women resonate throughout the book, recording their memories of a way of life that is threatened. Each one has a story to tell - of growing up female in a harsh environment, of adapting to new cultures and learning the nuances of new ways, of learning new art forms through which to portray the best - and worst - of their extraordinary lives. Each one speaks her concerns with energy: each artist illustrates her passions using art that is at once subtle and bold, delicate in detail yet forceful. Cape Dorset sits at the very heart of Inuit culture. Since the late 1950s, this community has symbolized the essence of Inuit art, thanks to the widely acclaimed work of artists like Kenojuak Ashevak, Mayoreak Ashoona, Pitseolak Ashoona, Qaunak Mikkigak, Oopik Pitsiulak, Napachie Pootoogook, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Pitaloosie Saila and Ovilu Tunnillie. Their art - graphics, sculpture and jewellery - is shown here in 200 superbly printed reproductions, over 50 of which are in full colour.

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On the shores of Hudson Bay, just south of the Arctic Circle, a tiny peninsula juts out from Baffin Island. On it, in Cape Dorset and the tiny surrounding communities, a group of artists has, in the last three decades, redefined Native art in contemporary terms. Using lithography as well as such more traditional techniques as ivory and stone carving, the Cape Dorset artists join flattened human and animal shapes with exquisitely careful observation of natural details; traditional Inuit spirituality appears as both subject and context. This well-designed book examines the work of nine women of the Cape Dorset collective, among them world-renowned lithographer Kenojuak Ashevak and engraver Pitseolak Ashoona. Numerous excellent reproductions of the artwork are married to an unusual text that records not art historians speaking for the artists but the artists' own words, thus capturing the wry, direct quality of Inuit speech as well as the women's insights into the lessons of their lives and their art. A fine album that opens new doors of understanding. Patricia Monaghan

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This work is conceived by, executed by, and devoted to Native women artists. The nine artists represented here work at Cape Dorset, situated on a peninsula in the Hudson Bay, a remote yet active center for Inuit art making. The book takes the reader well into the heart of creative and social issues. Mirroring the growing trend to let Native artists speak for themselves, it gives the artists' experiences in their own words. The women featured here are candidly articulate in their summations, and the editorial control of the narratives is thoughtful and focused. One minor quibble might be the lack of a general overview of the Canadian art scene and its utilization (or nonutilization) of its Native artists. However, the illustrations are excellent, the range of art covered is representative, and there have been only a handful of books on Canadian Native arts. Recommended for specialized collections.
Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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