Sandra Dyck and Leslie Boyd
Carleton University Art Gallery
144 pp 68 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover
$20.00 Can. $25.00 U.S.
July 2017 Dorset Seen looks at how 20 Kinngait artists, past and present, have represented their lives and community over the last sixty years. Featuring 48 drawings and 22 sculptures, this superbly illustrated publications does not focus exclusively on the contemporary, nor does it equate earlier artists with ideas of “tradition.” Kinngait’s artists have always been inspired by their everyday lives, regardless of aesthetic conventions or market pressures. The artists tackle Christianity and colonialism, the Hudson Bay Company and the RCMP, family and sport, architecture and community development, technology and transport, alcoholism and suicide. An essay is accompanied by interviews with artists Tim Pitsiulak and Ningiukulu Teevee.The artists featured: Kiugak Ashoona, Shuvinai Ashoona, Etidlooie Etidlooie, Isaci Etidloi, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Jamasie Pitseolak, Mark Pitseolak, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook, Kananginak Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, Paulassie Pootoogook, Pudlo Pudlat, Kellypalik Qimirpik, Ningeokuluk Teevee, Jutai Toonoo, Samonie Toonoo, Ovilu Tunnillie.
Sandra Dyck is Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery and author of numerous exhibition catalogues, notably on Shuvinai Ashoona. Leslie Boyd is Project Coordinator at the Inuit Art Foundation. Earlier positions include Director of Marketing for West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset.