Sheojuk Etidlooie

Sheojuk Etidlooie

Sheojuk Etidlooie, Cape Dorset

Name:
Sheojuk Etidlooie (1932-1999)
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

Sheojuk Etidlooie was an artist from Akkuatuloulavik, NU an outpost camp on southern Baffin Island near Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU who began producing art late in life and had a short but remarkable career. She lived most of her life on the land before settling in Kinngait in the early 1990s.

Etidlooie began drawing after having settled in Kinngait. In 1994 her first drawing appeared in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, titled Upinnguaq. Etidlooie’s works were published with every Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection afterwards until the end of her career in 1999, the majority of which were reproduced as lithographs or engravings. From 1994 to 1999 she contributed 44 prints to the collection.

Etidlooie’s style was both minimal and abstract. Her most frequent subjects were animals, including dogs, caribou, fish and often birds. Etidlooie visualized figures as loosely naturalistic to outright fantastical depicting creatures originating from Inuit oral traditions and her own imagination. Several motifs are identifiable in her work: oval shapes to represent eyes, nostrils, scales and feathers; birds and caribou balancing on spindly legs with dangling, triangular feet; figures with additional limbs attached in unexpected places; and multiple renditions of splayed hides. Etidlooie is also noted for having favored aerial and cross-sectional perspectives in her compositions. She was also inclined to illustrate the material representations of human presence such as fishing weirs, sleds, boats and houses.

Etidlooie was born in 1932 at an outpost camp on southern Baffin Island near Cape Dorset, then little more than a trading post. She lived most of her life on the land before settling in Kinngait in the early 1990s. She began drawing after having settled in Kinngait and in 1994 her first print design appeared with the Cape Dorset 1994 Print Collection, titled Upinnguaq. Her works were published with the following five Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection afterwards until the end of her career in 1999 when she died. A total of 54 prints were released with Cape Dorset Anual and spring print collections. Today, her works are highly sought after and rare.

Art Work

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    Aivilaaq (Small Walrus) by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Aivilaaq (Small Walrus)

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    Cape Dorset 1998
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    'Arctic School' by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Arctic School

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    Cape Dorset 1994
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    'Falling Out of Bed' by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Falling Out of Bed

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    Cape Dorset 1999
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    Isugar (Lake Trout) by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Isugar (Lake Trout)

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    Cape Dorset 1998
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    'Qimminggoa' (Dog) by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Qimminggoa (Dog)

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    Cape Dorset 1996
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    Qullik, Qimmilaaq, Six Fish, Fish Weir by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Qullik, Qimmilaaq, Six Fish, Fish Weir

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    Cape Dorset 1999
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    Qupanuapak (Big Bird) by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Qupanuapak (Big Bird)

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    Cape Dorset 1997
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    'Snow Bunting' by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Snow Bunting

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    Cape Dorset 1999
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    Uqqliggoa (Hare) by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Uqqliggoa (Hare)

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    Cape Dorset 1996
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    'Young Caribou' by Sheojuk Etidlooie

    Young Caribou

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    Cape Dorset 1999
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