ANNIE NIVIAXIE (1930-), E9-1710, Port Harrison / Inukjuak
UNTITLED (DEPICTIONS OF NOMADIC LIFE)
cotton fabric, felt, sealskin, embroidery floss
signed in syllabics, 1986
72" x 59" — 182.9 x 149.9 cm.
Traditionally serving as a form of insulation, tapestries have a long history of being both utilitarian and decorative. Fashioning warm garments with needle and thread to protect the Inuit from the climate of the far north was something that was vital to their survival. Charles Miles stated in his History of Indian and Eskimo Artifacts of North America, “The sum specimens from the Arctic rival the best European work in quality”.
However, with outside influences and an easier way of life, stitching skin is no longer essential to their life. Instead, these old techniques are revived and used as a unique form of individual expression. The artistry is kept alive with the desire to create rather than as a means of survival.
Crafts from Arctic Canada, exhibition catalogue, 1974, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, p. 4 and 62
Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Inukjuak, Port Harrison, Port Harrison / Inukjuak
Signature: Disc Number, Syllabics
Textile / Wall Hanging: Embroidery Thread, Fabric, Felt, Seal Skin