‘Q-Tips’ by Kudluajuk Ashoona – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2015 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: It is amazing how Kudluajuk captures and creates renditions of such trivial day-to-day activities into magical compositions that are not only with great artistic merit but also loaded with meaning when we have knowledge of the past and the present of the Inuit. Comparing activates or renditions by other artists that represent activities of the past nostalgically called “the old ways” with Kudluajuk’s renditions of today’s trivial activities, the influence of modernization can be obviously daunting, especially knowing that this change has happened within the timeline of one generation. That is, some of today’s artists and people still live today that can tell personal experiences of the “old ways”.
We see here a portrait of Nicotye Samayualie, Kudluajuk’s daughter and a favourite subject of hers, finishing her shower at night, already wearing her gown preparing to go to bed, but not before cleaning her ears with such commonly used tool we call the Q-tip.