Papiara Tukiki

Papiara Tukiki


Papiara Tukiki was born on the land at the outpost camp of Nuwata in Nunavut. These formative years on the land continued to inform her artistic practice, with depictions of animal and plant life interpreted by a playful imagination. Tukiki worked out of the Kinngait Studios and featured in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection since 2004 [1]. Drawings—a resurgence of creativity for Inuit artists and a ‘renaissance’ as defined by Nancy Campbell—have been a source of exploration for many artists, with an immediacy in their drawings that cannot be replicated in prints [2]. Caribou Stew (2012) shows Tukiki’s humour with a large blue ceramic mug dominating the page, a caribou propped at the top and gazing outwards, antlers blossoming like flowers. The drawing is flattened with the absence of shadows and shading, and the picture plane creates an illustrative effect rather than a realistic depiction of the juxtaposing elements. Mark making is visible in the use of pencil in short strokes covering a large area, creating texture for the coat of the caribou. The artist’s hand carries an immediacy of personal connection that links the artist with the viewer through the juxtaposition of domesticity and wildlife, interpreted through humour. Tukiki’s practice was informed by a design aesthetic [3], with animals and insects depicted on a flat ground, either alone or in repetition that recalls patterns. 

Tukiki’s images of playful animals on the land have a touch of whimsy and humour. In looking to Bubble Gum (2011), the etched fur creates a texture against a singular use of colour in the body. The gum bubble adds a playful tone to the image; the animal’s paws extended outwards as if mid-frolic. Tukiki’s practice continued to engage with the land; she recalled, “I remember how it was before we lived in the settlement. We needed all of these animals for food and clothing and just to live. I like to draw them. I also like to draw the way that we used to live, people in camps and travelling” [4]. Her unique interpretations have been reproduced in many print collections, and her drawings have toured internationally. Her work is held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, NY.


2015      Participated in a panel discussion at ‘Focus on Cape Dorset’ at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY.

1977      Received an Award of Excellence for original design in the “Things That Make Us
Beautiful” competition organized by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓴᓇᑦᓯᐊᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓇᓄᕐᓂᒃ, ᑐᑦᑐᓂᑦ, ᐅᑲᓕᕐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑑᑉ ᓄᓇᖓᓂᙶᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑎᐅᔪᖅ ᐸᐱᐊᕋ ᑐᑮᑮ ᓴᖅᑮᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᑦᑐᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᙳᐊᑦᓯᐊᖅᑐᓂᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᙳᐊᓂᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒐᓴᓐᓄᑦ. ᑐᑮᑮ ᐃᓅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᕗᐊᑕᒥ, ᓄᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ, ᓱᕈᓯᐅᓂᕐᒥᓂᓗ ᓄᓇᒥ ᐱᕈᕐᓂᑰᓪᓗᓂ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᐃᑦ ᑲᔪᓰᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᑦ ᐊᔪᕈᓐᓃᖅᓴᐅᑎᒋᔭᖏᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ, ᐆᒪᔪᙳᐊᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᙳᐊᓂᑦ ᐊᖏᔫᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᐅᔭᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ. ᓴᓇᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᓂ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᑭᙵᕐᓂ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᕐᕕᖓᓂ, ᑐᑮᑮᐅᑉ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᑦ ᐃᓚᓕᐅᑎᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᑭᙵᕐᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᓄᐊᑕᐅᓯᒪᓲᓂᑦ 2004−ᒥᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᔪᓰᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᒐᔪᖃᑕᐅᓲᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᓂᑦ. ᐊᔪᙱᑦᑐᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᖅ ᓱᓕ, ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᓲᑦ ᓄᖃᑦᓯᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑎᓂᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᐅᔭᕐᕕᒻᒥᑦ. ᑐᑮᑮᐅᑉ ᓴᓇᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᓕᒫᒥᑦ, ᐊᒥᓱᓂᑦ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᑦᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑐᐊᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓃᖃᑕᐅᔪᑦ, ᑕᐃᑲᓂᓗ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖃᕐᕕᔾᔪᐊᖓᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐋᑐᐋ, ᐋᓐᑎᐅᕆᐆᒥᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐳᕈᒃᓕᓐ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᓂᐅ ᔪᐊᒃ ᓯᑎ, ᓂᐅ ᔪᐊᒃᒥ.

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Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

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February 8, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba