In­se­cu­rity Blan­ket

(2013)

Inuit Art Quarterly - - 5 WORKS - Jade Na­so­galuak Car­pen­ter EVAN PAVKA Manag­ing Editor

Ob­jects are of­ten the sole wit­ness to our most pri­vate ad­mis­sions of self-doubt. In Na­so­galuak Car­pen­ter’s In­se­cu­rity Blan­ket, the child­hood icon of pro­tec­tion is in­stead in­scribed with the tran­scripts of anx­i­ety­laden whis­pers of young adult­hood, mut­tered into stale cov­ers over count­less sleep­less nights. Bound into the patch­work sur­face are meme-based tru­isms, from “I don’t know what I’m do­ing” and “Am I an artist yet?” to an ex­is­ten­tial im­age of an emoji stab­bing it­self in the eye, all metic­u­lously de­tailed in del­i­cate black thread. Framed by fab­ric adorned with mod­est bou­quets, re­call­ing the dec­o­ra­tive cush­ions and throws lit­ter­ing fam­ily base­ments, the tex­tile is far more than a blan­ket state­ment. It is con­fes­sion, ab­so­lu­tion and, per­haps, a sense of se­cu­rity in all this uncer­tainty.

Jade Na­so­galuak Car­pen­ter (b. 1993 Ed­mon­ton/ Cal­gary) — BE­LOWIn­se­cu­rity Blan­ket 2013Fab­ric, em­broi­dery floss and bat­ting121.9 × 182.9 cm

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