Eva Talooki Aliktiluk

Paul von Baich

Eva Talooki Aliktiluk was a talented carver and beader born in Arviat, NU. Much like Aliktiluk, her husband and children are all carvers as well [1].

Aliktiluk is best known for her minimalist sculptures with beaded ornamentation. These sculptures are small in scale and simple in form which offers a platform for the colourful beadwork to stand out. Much of her beadwork on recalls the beaded adornment on traditional Inuit clothing. Due to the hardness of stone in the region, Aliktiluk carves the stone minimally to create her forms and figures [2]. Aliktiluk's carvings are a synthesis of two artistic practices, which challenge audiences in their preconceptions of Inuit carving.

Aliktiluk's work is featured in numerous collections including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the MacKenzie Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan and the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec.. Her sculptures have been included in exhibitions in Canada and the United States as well as in Paris and London. Most recently Aliktiluk's work was included in the exhibition Annuraat: Inuit Clothing in Art held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2011.

About Eva Talooki Aliktiluk


Beadwork, Sculpture/Carving, Stone

Artistic Community:

Arviat, NU

Date of Birth:

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The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.

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January 19, 2018 Updated By: Lera Kotsyuba
September 14, 2017 Created by: Maddy Tripp