one of the things that strikes me about inuit art is the place that female artists hold.
it’s no secret that female artists make up around 2% of the global art market and yet in the arctic, women have been an incredible force.
if you ask someone about inuit art – they’ll probably know kenojuak ashevak.
(or at least her stamp)
(or the nfb short documentary about her – it did win a BAFTA and was nominated for an academy award)
they might know jesse oonark.
annie pootoogook. sheojuk.
and they might know kingmeata etidlooie.
kingmeata was one of the first cape dorset artists to use watercolors. and later, acrylics. in fact, she was deeply committed to the painting studio established in 1976 by the west baffin co-op.
her work features rich colours and strong compositions.
often with simple motifs – birds, animals, scenes of daily life.
between 1970 – 1989 she published more than 50 prints.
and her drawings of the late ‘80’s, in particular, are incredible.
portraits of fierce women.
adorned with head-dresses.
or surrounded by animals.
perhaps not for everyone.
but i’m crazy for them.
inspired by them.
and i’m thankful for them. and for her.
and for all the road-paving, revolutionary women of inuit art.
Kingmeata Etidlooie – A Selection of Drawings at Katie + Gunner Gallery until April 30th.