Kud­lu­a­juk Ashoona

B. 1958 Kin­ngait, NU —

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PORTFOLIO -

The draw­ings of Kud­lu­a­juk Ashoona are likely to leave view­ers with ques­tions: Why are these chil­dren wear­ing face paint? Why is this stove out­side? Who are these men with long hair? Ashoona keeps the con­tent of her draw­ings to her­self, leav­ing them un­ti­tled and with­out in­scrip­tion. As a re­sult, her au­di­ence is in­vited to fill in the nar­ra­tive. Like many graphic artists work­ing in Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Ashoona has em­braced pho­tog­ra­phy as a tool for her draw­ings. Though they are con­tem­po­rary in their ex­e­cu­tion, Ashoona’s draw­ings are in­cred­i­bly nostal­gic, cap­tur­ing the fash­ions, hair­styles and in­te­rior decor of the re­cent past. One can imag­ine her flip­ping through an al­bum full of photos of her com­mu­nity and fam­ily (in­clud­ing ones of her daugh­ters Ni­co­tye and Pad­loo Sa­mayualie, who have also en­joyed re­cent suc­cesses for their graphic work), won­der­ing which mem­ory she’d like to draw next.


Kud­lu­a­juk Ashoona (b. 1958 Kin­ngait) — Un­ti­tled2016Coloured pen­cil, graphite and ink58.4 × 76.1 cm

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