Mag­gie Na­partuk

B. 1981 Inukjuak, QC —

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A gi­ant snowflake com­prised of swim­ming seals and uluit (women’s knives) caught on the tale of a div­ing whale; an inky floor cir­cling a fe­male fig­ure in tra­di­tional dress soft­en­ing kamiik (boots); an igloo crowned in har­poons as an en­larged seal skin en­croaches: these are among the many scenes ap­pear­ing in the linocuts of Inukjuak-based Mag­gie Na­partuk, who has par­tic­i­pated in work­shops through­out Nu­navik and Que­bec to both learn and share her skills in linocut print­mak­ing. Her bold monochro­matic prints re­flect the en­durance of Inuit tra­di­tions while cel­e­brat­ing the re­la­tion­ships be­tween land­scapes and their in­hab­i­tants. Fre­quently chal­leng­ing the ex­pected vis­ual hi­er­ar­chy of el­e­ments in her works, Na­partuk’s use of scale em­pha­sizes the many in­ter­re­la­tions of the nat­u­ral world—from the vast­ness of oceans to the in­ti­macy of a quo­tid­ian mo­ment.

COUR­TESY AVATAQ CUL­TURAL IN­STI­TUTE

Mag­gie Na­partuk (b.1981 Inukjuak) —ᑲᒥᓂᖅ ᓴᑐᔅᒃ( Soft­en­ing Kamiik)2016Linocut35 × 25.5 cm

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