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“As a pho­tog­ra­pher and painter, I look for ge­o­graph­i­cal fea­tures that stand out and ap­peal to me,” ex­plains Toronto artist Pa­trice Carmichael just af­ter we’d hiked a 15-kilo­me­tre round trip to Iv­vavik Na­tional Park’s In­spi­ra­tion Point and Wolf Tors. “I was first in­ter­ested in this place be­cause an­i­mals were known to mi­grate here to give birth. The land­scape feels ex­tremely fem­i­nine to me. At In­spi­ra­tion Point, there are th­ese big mounds that look like preg­nant bel­lies. Ev­ery­thing also has this vel­vet kind of cover to it, with lots of soft lines. I called one of my first paint­ings from here The Vel­veteen Val­ley [top]. Now, if you look in the guest book at base camp, ev­ery­body’s like ‘Yeah, the vel­veteen val­ley!’”

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