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What Gets Lost


The Canadian Eskimo Arts Council's Rejected Prints



The CEAC spent decades moderating the sale of Inuit art to southern audiences by prohibiting works arbitrarily deemed unacceptable from entering the market. We examine what works were rejected and why.


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20 Carvers to Know in 2020: Priscilla Boulay

by Emily Henderson | Jan 10, 2020

Since the day her uncle handed her a piece of stone to polish at the age of three, Priscilla Boulay has lived her life surrounded by carving. A third-generation artist hailing from a family of artists in Tuktuuyaqtuq, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NT, Boulay says she creates to keep the legacy of her grandfather, Bobby Taylor-Pokiak (1927–2005), alive. Currently residing in Irricana, AB, Boulay decided to devote herself to making art full time nine years ago and has been working in stone, horn and antler ever since.

For Boulay the creative process begins with an exploration of the shape of an antler, which she uses as the base for many of her pieces. Of the undulating lines of her sculptures Boulay says, “I like the antlers to look as though they are forming the water.” Following the completion of the base, “I try to figure out what I want and where I want the belugas,” she explains. “From there I can see how much stone I’m going to need, so I can start creating the hunter and the kayak.” Her unique forms of windswept muskox, hunting scenes and belugas have gained a following on social media, where the artist shares images of completed works as well as behind-the-scene peeks into her artistic process.

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20 Carvers to Know in 2020: Priscilla Boulay

by Emily Henderson | Jan 10, 2020

Since the day her uncle handed her a piece of stone to polish at the age of three, Priscilla Boulay has lived her life surrounded by carving. A third-generation artist hailing from a family of artists in Tuktuuyaqtuq, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NT, Boulay says she creates to keep the legacy of her grandfather, Bobby Taylor-Pokiak (1927–2005), alive. Currently residing in Irricana, AB, Boulay decided to devote herself to making art full time nine years ago and has been working in stone, horn and antler ever since.

For Boulay the creative process begins with an exploration of the shape of an antler, which she uses as the base for many of her pieces. Of the undulating lines of her sculptures Boulay says, “I like the antlers to look as though they are forming the water.” Following the completion of the base, “I try to figure out what I want and where I want the belugas,” she explains. “From there I can see how much stone I’m going to need, so I can start creating the hunter and the kayak.” Her unique forms of windswept muskox, hunting scenes and belugas have gained a following on social media, where the artist shares images of completed works as well as behind-the-scene peeks into her artistic process.

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20 Carvers to Know in 2020: Priscilla Boulay

by Emily Henderson | Jan 10, 2020

Since the day her uncle handed her a piece of stone to polish at the age of three, Priscilla Boulay has lived her life surrounded by carving. A third-generation artist hailing from a family of artists in Tuktuuyaqtuq, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NT, Boulay says she creates to keep the legacy of her grandfather, Bobby Taylor-Pokiak (1927–2005), alive. Currently residing in Irricana, AB, Boulay decided to devote herself to making art full time nine years ago and has been working in stone, horn and antler ever since.

For Boulay the creative process begins with an exploration of the shape of an antler, which she uses as the base for many of her pieces. Of the undulating lines of her sculptures Boulay says, “I like the antlers to look as though they are forming the water.” Following the completion of the base, “I try to figure out what I want and where I want the belugas,” she explains. “From there I can see how much stone I’m going to need, so I can start creating the hunter and the kayak.” Her unique forms of windswept muskox, hunting scenes and belugas have gained a following on social media, where the artist shares images of completed works as well as behind-the-scene peeks into her artistic process.

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Tarralik Duffy is a talented artist, jeweller and writer from Salliq (Coral Harbour), NU currently based in Saskatoon, SK. Working primarily in jewellery design, she also uses textiles and other mediums to produce clothing and accessories for her label Ugly Fish. She has travelled across Canada exhibiting and selling her work including shows at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB. Her work is currently available at the National Gallery of Canada Boutique in Ottawa, ON. Recently, Duffy contributed the Feature story "Uvanga/Self: Picturing Our Identity" on self-portraiture for the Fall 2018 issue of the "Inuit Art Quarterly."

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The Canadian federal government created the Igloo Tag Trademark in 1958 in order to protect Inuit visual art from mass-produced, fraudulent work. The trademark, most often applied to sculpture, is a safeguard for collectors and artists that only applied to works made by Inuit.

The Inuit Art Foundation accepted the rights to the trademark from the government in 2017. For the first time, the trademark is now led by Inuit, for Inuit.

 

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