Posts Tagged 'Kinngait'

Ningeokuluk Teevee‏ (Part 3)

Months after my last post about this talented artist, I am still infatuated with Ningeokuluk Teevee’s work. Here are some more glorious images to mull over!

The Woman and the Caterpillar
(Inuktitut: Arnak ammalu Auvvik)
Cape Dorset 2006
Stonecut & Stencil

Composition (Three Owls)
Cape Dorset 2009
Ink, Pencil Crayon

Cross Current
Cape Dorset 2005

(Inuktitut: Angijuqtaq)
Cape Dorset
Etching & Aquatint

Caribou Spirit
Cape Dorset 2007
Stonecut & Stencil on Kizuki kozo white

Teevee was nominated last year for a 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature, Illustration. This prestigious Canadian honour is bestowed annually in multiple literary categories.

Alego, is written and illustrated by Teevee. It tells the story of Alego, an Inuit girl living in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) and her experiences with her grandmother. The idea was born from Teevee’s own memories.

An illustration from the book

Below is a quick interview conducted by the National Post last fall regarding her nomination.

Q:  You are the only nominee who also wrote the book, as well as illustrating it. So what came first: the visuals or the story?
A:  The visuals. That came first. I had the story in mind, but the pictures came first before I wrote down the words.

Q:  So what inspired this book?
A:  My childhood. My own community. My first experience going off to the shore. My first memory is going down to the shore when the tide was low, and my grandmother asked me to follow her down to the beach to go clam-digging. So it’s about my first memory with my grandmother … Those [sea creatures] are the things that I saw for the very first time. Everything [experienced] for the very time we don’t forget very easily.

Q:  What’s the artistic community like in Cape Dorset?
A:  There’s many people here with many talents. It’s busy for me. I’m attending school right now, studying to become a teacher. I still do art work on the side.

Source: National Post


Museum of Inuit Art

The Museum of Inuit Art (MIA) is located at Toronto’s waterfront. It is southern Canada’s only museum dedicated solely to Inuit art. With both a permanent collection and touring exhibitions, the MIA offers something new every time you visit.

There are five galleries in the museum.

1. Artistic History and Thematic Foundations of Inuit Art

2. Diversity of Styles and Artistic Expression

3. Masterworks and Contemporary Sculptures

4 and 5. Special Exhibitions and Audio-Visual Presentation Centre

There are currently two temporary exhibitions at the MIA. One features large scale drawings from Kinngait, the other is a retrospective on Kananginak Pootoogook, one of the most prolific Inuit visual artists.

I highly recommend a trip to this inspiring, one-of-a-kind museum.

For more information on the MIA, visit their website.

All images provided by the MIA website.

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