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Where She Lives
Ningiukulu Teevee, Saimaiyu Akesuk, Ooloosie Saila
March 20, 2020 – May 9, 2020
On-site exhibition cancelled due to Covid-19
Where She Lives brings together bold, graphic printmaking by three female artists working out of the WBEC Kinngait Studios, Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut. Where She Lives at once refers to Ningiukulu Teevee, Saimaiyu Akesuk and Ooloosie Saila’s representations of landscapes, wildlife and everyday ephemera, but also alludes to interior worlds and places of imagination, connecting to each artists’ imagery of magic, legends and mythology, all rendered with vibrant colour and visionary line work.
Saimaiyu Akesuk was born on April 28, 1988, in Iqaluit but she has lived in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) her whole life. Her parents are Lau Akesuk and Olayuk Akesuk who was one of the first Members of the Legislative Assembly in Nunavut. Saimaiyu was inspired to start drawing by Ningeokuluk Teevee while they were taking a class together at the Nunavut Teaching Education Program. Saimaiyu’s confident drawings of birds and bears are characterized by her bold and dynamic simplicity rendered with soft tenderness and quite often a touch of whimsy.
Ooloosie Saila began drawing at a young age, inspired through occasional visits to the home of Kenojuak Ashevak. At age 14 she won first prize at her high school drawing contest. She began selling her drawings to the WBEC in 2015 and continues to explore many diverse themes and ideas in her work.
Ningiukulu (Ningeokuluk) Teevee is one of the most versatile and intelligent graphic artists to emerge from the Kinngait Studios Born May 27, 1963, Ningiukulu is the daughter of Joanasie Salomonie (deceased) and his wife Kanajuk. Her father, Joanasie, was a community leader and much loved in Cape Dorset for his sense of humour, mischief and compassion. In the fall of 2009, Ningiukulu ’s first children’s book was published by Groundwood Books (A Division of House of Anansi Press and was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s illustration.
Since her first prints appeared in the collection in 2004, Ningiukulu has been one of Kinngait’s studio’s most celebrated artists. She has a comprehensive knowledge of Inuit legends and a fine sense of design and composition. These elements have made many of her prints highly sought after by collectors. Ningiukulu has had numerous solo shows of her bold and resplendent drawings and some of her work has been featured in exhibitions in major public galleries and museums.
Thank you to Dorset Fine Arts (DFA) for lending works for this exhibition.