Friday, 17 February 2012

She of the Sea

~Ningeokuluk Teevee, "Sea Goddess" (2010)

~Ningeokuluk Teevee, "Untitled (Sedna by the Sea)" (2001-2002)

Eye on the Arctic~ video interview with Ningeokuluk Teevee

Author + illustrator of Alego (Groundwood) (GG nominee 2009)

 Ningeokuluk Teevee bio and portfolio, Nunavut Gallery brochure (2010) (pdf)

first image: Art Knowledge News ~ Winnipeg Art Gallery ~ New Art from Cape Dorset (til 8 April 2012) featuring work of Ningeokuluk Teevee (b. 1963) and Tim Pitsiulak (b. 1967)
second image:
Eye on the Arctic ~ The New Raw~ Contemporary Inuit Art (2010) 

artist photo (source)


~ Sedna by Ovilu Tunnillie (1961)

Oviloo Tunnillie was born on December 20, 1949 at one of several ancestral camps her family occupied before settling in Kinngait [Cape Dorset], Qikiqtaaluk [Baffin Island], Nunavut in the late 1960s. She made her first carving in 1966 when she was seventeen years old and began her thirty year exploration of the medium in 1972. Tunnillie left Kinngait and moved to Toronto with her family in 2001. She is currently living and working in both Ottawa and Montreal. (The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art ~The Canadian Art Database)

 Inuit Art Alive (Jerry Riley photo)
 image source:
Galerie Elca London

~Sedna by Jimmy Iqaluq

 from "An exhibition of art by Jimmy Iqaluq of Sanikiluaq" (2005)


 "Jimmy’s parents, Mina and Samwillie, are both carvers."
(artist photo source)


the problem with sedna (in four parts)
"This is the story of Nuliajuk, or Niviaqsi, the woman below the waves. She is not a goddess, but rather a special creature of fear and tragedy."
Rachel Qitsualik, March 1999
1999~ Nunatsiaq News Online 

Rachel's books (Inhabit Media)


 I remember working with an editor, back in the mid-nineties, she arriving to the table with her background in feminist news, and i arriving from a realm of poetry & childbirth. At a certain point she sat back, looked me in the eye, and asked, "what does the goddess have to do with women's human rights?" 

Or something like that: how can a person in need of soul nourishing explain the forms of sustenance & replenishment, to a person of who~what~when~where~why (if there's time) orientation? It isn't a matter of pragmatism versus the flake, as her tone clearly implied. It's a matter of pragmatism versus pragmatism, and two very different worlds.

Art producers produce art to feed the family, and still, there is the need to survive on a delicate spiritual level, and from this perspective, art is the byproduct of the artist's navigation of, and negotiation with, the world. 

The subjects are the artists and the subjects of the art are what is important to each creative being, rising from within, assigned by an editor, art buyer, or commissioner, and may be expressive of anything: playful, painful, deepest desires, sweeping critique of the world.

*In coming months I'll be reviewing a number of Inhabit Media's books, including this one.

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