Sup­port­ing Artis­tic Ex­pres­sion and Voice

Inuit Art Quarterly - - FOUNDATION UPDATE -

Tar­ra­lik Duffy is an artist, de­signer, jew­eller and writer from Salliq

(Coral Harbour), NU, cur­rently based in Saska­toon, SK. Her Fea­ture story “Uvanga/Self: Pic­tur­ing Our Iden­tity” on Inuit self-por­trai­ture ap­peared in the Fall 2018 is­sue of the Inuit Art Quar­terly and she is cur­rently the cover artist for our Win­ter 2018 is­sue. Here, Duffy dis­cusses what it means to work with the Inuit

Art Foun­da­tion as a fea­tured writer and the sig­nif­i­cance of be­ing a fea­tured artist: In writ­ing for the Inuit Art Quar­terly, it was im­por­tant for me to do jus­tice to the art and the artists. I was ter­ri­fied be­cause as much as I ad­mire the artists and their work, I felt I lacked the knowl­edge I needed in or­der to write the way I wanted to write. But work­ing with the IAQ team—their will­ing­ness to share their in­cred­i­ble knowl­edge, ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and gra­cious ap­proach—to­tally dis­pelled my fears. It was such a gift to pick up the phone and have con­ver­sa­tions about the peo­ple and the art that I ab­so­lutely adore.

I love Inuit ar t and Inuit more than any­thing. This whole process of work­ing with the IAF is the best thing I could have been given be­cause it gave me the op­por­tu­nity to learn more. Be­ing able to ac­cess works of art that I hadn’t seen be­fore was like be­ing given keys to the most mag­i­cal world—a world that I want to be in, one filled with art his­tory, Inuit his­tory, mythol­ogy, leg­ends and hu­mour. It’s this whole beau­ti­ful Inuit world that I can­not get enough of.

Find­ing out my work would be not only fea­tured in the mag­a­zine, but also on the cover filled me with a com­bi­na­tion of ma­ni­a­cal glee and crip­pling anx­i­ety. I still feel like I’m not at the level of the artists I ad­mire most, so I keep feel­ing like I’m go­ing to jinx it or the rug will be pulled out from un­derneath me. I’ve worked on a few ver­sions of the wordplay be­tween E.T. and itii pau, and I al­ways felt a bit ridicu­lous putting so much time into it, but it still makes me chuckle. It’s our re­cess hu­mour im­mor­tal­ized. It’s a bit taboo; it’s pop cul­ture. I might get some let­ters. I might get in trou­ble with my mom. It’s per­fect. Be­ing on the cover is a boost of con­fi­dence—it’s like be­ing in­jected with go-power. Do the thing! Draw! Write! Fol­low the idea, no mat­ter how seem­ingly ab­surd or im­pos­si­ble. – Tar­ra­lik Duffy

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