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Tutsweetok, Lucy Tasseor

Tutsweetok, Lucy Tasseor

Arviat

(1934–2012)

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Tutsweetok, Lucy Tasseor

(1934–2012)

Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok was a celebrated carver from Nunalla, MB, who eventually made Arviat, NU, her home and artistic community. Though growing up with her grandparents, who greatly influenced her art practice, Tutsweetok did not begin carving until she moved to Arviat in the 1960s. Tutsweetok’s works range in size from the length of a thumb to larger boulders, emphasizing the natural shape of the stone while leaving large sections uncarved. Tutsweetok’s semi-abstract sculptures depict familial or maternal groups and record the experiences of Inuit for future generations. She has been featured on the cover of Inuit Art Quarterly, and her work is held in several major institutions, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, and the Inuit Cultural Institute in Rankin Inlet, NV.

Tutsweetok, Lucy Tasseor

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Family

1971
stone
27.3 x 15.9 x 13.3 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Gift of Bob and Marlene Stafford
2012-124

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    Born in Nunalla, Manitoba, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok settled in Arviat in the 1960s. Her minimalist style has often been compared to fellow Arviat artist John Pangnark. Their work regularly uses abstract compositions and is sensuous in its treatment of stone. In her depictions of mothers and children or family groups, Tasseor follows the shape of the stone, allowing ridges and protrusions to suggest overall composition and the placement of heads and faces.


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