Ju­lia Manoyok Ek­pako­hak

b. 1968 Ulukhak­tok, NT

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - – Christa Ouimet

Born in Ulukhak­tok (Hol­man Is­land), a com­mu­nity known for its graphic art and needle­work, Ju­lia Manoyok Ek­pako­hak grew up en­thralled by her grand­mother He­len Kal­vak’s sto­ries, trans­lat­ing them to paper through draw­ing. Kal­vak taught her grand­daugh­ter that draw­ing can be both a means of ex­pres­sion as well as a means of sup­port for her and her fam­ily. Ju­lia be­gan print­mak­ing in 1999, first with sten­cil­ing, a tra­di­tion which has strong roots in the com­mu­nity, then later with etch­ing, a move which al­lowed Ju­lia more con­trol over her work and gave her a fin­ished prod­uct that was closer to her draw­ings. Kal­vak was the orig­i­nal in­ter­preter of sto­ries through art in Ulukhak­tok, and Ju­lia’s art­work shares the same hon­est and di­rect de­pic­tions of life. Where they dif­fer, how­ever, is their sub­ject mat­ter. Where Kal­vak, a trained shaman and com­mu­nity leader, was ex­posed to oth­er­worldly themes, the ex­pe­ri­ences that Ju­lia trans­lates to paper are more do­mes­tic, in­volv­ing chil­dren and the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dis­sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween north­ern and south­ern life. Ju­lia’s works pos­sess a qual­ity of charm, high­light­ing the whimsy in ev­ery­day life.

COUR­TESY HOL­MAN ESKIMO CO-OP­ER­A­TIVE LTD./CANA­DIAN ARC­TIC PRO­DUC­ERS

Ju­lia Manoyok Ek­pako­hak Big Brother Pulling Sis­ter on Bi­cy­cle 1999 Etch­ing 28.5 × 37.9 cm

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