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Northern Line: Drawings by Sheojuk Etidlooie (1932-1999)

Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jul 21-Aug 31

Sheojuk Etidlooie - Untitled (caribou)
Sheojuk Etidlooie (1932-1999), Untitled (caribou) (1998) pencil crayon on paper [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jul 21-Aug 31]


Cape Dorset artist Sheojuk Etidlooie had a short but extremely productive career of only five years. Using an enigmatic abstract style, she produced strikingly spare images based on motifs taken from everyday northern life. She often used an aerial or diagrammatic perspective. Although subjects included such man-made objects as pails, stone lamps, traditional flotation devices and tents, as well as caribou, fish, whales and birds, her work was unique in its non-narrative approach.

Sheojuk Etidlooie - Untitled (three fish)
Sheojuk Etidlooie (1932-1999), Untitled (three fish) (1998) pencil crayon on paper [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jul 21-Aug 31]


Etidlooie was born in 1932 in an outpost camp on southern Baffin Island, near the present-day settlement of Cape Dorset. She developed a unique sense of colour and design from years of sewing traditional patterned clothing, and the iteration of motifs became a strong element of her art. In the mid-1990s, she was invited to make drawings for the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, Cape Dorset’s renowned art studio. In 1994, one of her images was selected for inclusion in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Release. The edition sold out within days of its release, and her work subsequently was included in each annual collection until 1999. She also participated in an oil-stick painting workshop in 1999. This experimentation resulted in a series of brilliantly-coloured oil stick paintings on board. Etidlooie continued to make drawings prolifically until succumbing to cancer in 1999.

The Marion Scott Gallery presents the first exhibition in nearly a decade of Etidlooie’s unconventional art, “a singular contribution to Inuit art and to Canadian art more generally that has not yet been fully recognized,” writes the director. The show includes 25 of her simple but colourful drawings accompanied by a small catalogue.

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Sheojuk Etidlooie - Untitled (two pails)
Sheojuk Etidlooie (1932-1999), Untitled (two pails) (1998) pencil crayon on paper [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jul 21-Aug 31]


Sheojuk Etidlooie - Untitled (abstract)
Sheojuk Etidlooie (1932-1999), Untitled (abstract) (1998) pencil crayon on paper [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jul 21-Aug 31]

 Wed, Jun 6, 2007