Kenojuak Ashevak honoured in Iqaluit

Bear with me. The slide show below, my first, represents a clumsy exercise in self-education.

WordPress is very finicky about allowing third-party code on their site and this slide show service is one of only three they allow. It’s not great — and there’s not enough room for decent captions.

These pics are from an art show and sale that opened June 20 at the Nunatta Sunaqutangit Museum in Iqaluit, held to honour 82-year-old Kenojuak Ashevak and the 50th birthday of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset.

You’ll often hear people say the essence of art is the self-expression of inner feelings. I disagree. An artist is a person who makes good things that last forever, or as close to forever as you can get in our forgetful universe. Art is not about the “feelings” of artists — it’s about the feelings their work provokes in others.

In the last picture, you’ll see Kenojuak pointing to her head, explaining that her images come from her mind. This does not contradict what I’ve just said, because without her skill and determination, those images would never have been made. She is a great artist because she made good things that will delight us long after she passes.

I love the tattoo that her granddaughter Susie had inscribed on her arm in Ottawa last year. That’s a good way to celebrate the indelible permanence of great art.

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4 Responses to Kenojuak Ashevak honoured in Iqaluit

  1. Townie says:

    Thanks for this, Jim. I forgot to take my camera yesterday and was kicking myself. Good to know someone was on the ball. Of course, this is why they pay you the big bucks.

    We have one of her pieces hanging on our wall and it’s a prviledge to own it. She’s in a class all her own.

  2. jamesbell5 says:

    Thanks Craig — the light inside the museum isn’t ideal but it was a fun event to cover. I do get paid for it, but I don’t really look at it as work…

  3. Indigo says:

    Thanks Jim for the glimpse into yesterdays art show. Was so nice to see familiar faces. She looks well for 82.

  4. Lorraine says:

    Great slide show, Jim. It really captures the sense of both the event and the art.

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