Miqsuqtuq (She Sews)

Art Type
Original Drawing
Original oil stick drawing on paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
(H x W): 30 x 44 ¼ in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 76 x 112 cm
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‘Miqsuqtuq (She Sews)’ by Jutai Toonoo — Cape Dorset Inuit Art from Dorset Fine Arts 2010 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

Condition:          No condition to be noted.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:    Again, we look at this intriguing portrait and you ask yourself, is this Inuit Art?   How?  Would you have even considered this drawing to be categorized as Inuit Art had you not seen in this gallery or presented by Dorset Fine Arts?   Perhaps the need to verify is what brought you to the details page for this drawing.  Jutai Toonoo certainly will challenge your secured sense of what you understood Inuit Art is all about.  Jutai’s drawings cast a spell on us, the magic that attracts us and keeps us staring at his works, is the intensity of life that breathes from all of his works.  The viewer can feel the energy Jutai put into each of his works and now that energy attracts us, calls us to try to understand what he is expressing.  That is the keyword in Jutai’s works, expression.

Such an amazing, intriguing, refreshing surprise to the Inuit Art collector and connoisseurs alike!  Are you scratching your head?  Don’t.  Simply admire this beautiful and amazing composition that truly overflows with life energy, despite the topic, and that takes higher value when you know how and why this is such a rare piece based on the cultural background of the author.  How can you not just bathe in such moment expressed with such energy Jutai pours into each and every piece he created?

This is possibly a portrait of Jutai’s wife.  Almost cartoonish though by no means whimsical as it simply portraits the activity of sewing that looking back into our sense of Inuit Art is nothing what we would expect of an Inuit woman in the act of sewing.  She’s not stretching, or curing, or softening seal or caribou skin; she’s not sewing fur to make boots or parka.   She is simply patching something with a small piece of cloth, unhurried, passively, maybe little contemplative … just maybe.   This makes no nostalgic reference to the old-days.  There is, however, intensity and much energy exhaling from this drawing that we cannot prevent being drawn into, looking, trying to find a meaning, and explanation…. Why is Jutai breaking all the “rules” that we, Inuit Art lovers have imposed on this art?  Here we see a woman, clearly standing out, almost 3-d from the dark orange background that seems to sparkle.  She wears no amauti and instead, she wears a blue t-shirt that loosely hangs over her body.   No braids, no facial tattoos. She also doesn’t display a slim or strong body that the nomadic Inuit woman typically is represented on traditional Inuit graphics.  However, the only traditional activity in this drawing is that it remains that it is a woman’s role to perform such domestic task.