"Natsinnguaq (Like a Seal) – Red"
Sheojuk Etidlooie, "Natsinnguaq (Like a Seal) – Red," edition of 35, plate and proof 1999, edition 2005, etching and aquatint, 22" x 20".
Through May, 2005
Nunavut Gallery, Winnipeg
By Janice Rosen
Developing complex aquatint and etched prints displaying her brilliant use of intense colour and finely detailed work, the late Cape Dorset artist Sheojuk Etidlooie (1932-1999) built a solid following of collectors after one of her images was selected for inclusion in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Release of 1994. Selling out within days of its release, Etidlooie was included in each subsequent collection until 1999. Drawing on her traditional life growing up near Cape Dorset in Akkuatuloulavik, an outpost camp on South Baffin Island, Etidlooie stayed closely in touch with her culture, drawing and printing many images from her life, surroundings and legends. Two rare, previously uncatalogued and richly coloured works of Natsinnguaq, or Seal Spirit, are being featured at the grand reopening of the Nunavut Gallery in its new, larger Winnipeg location in May. These featured abstract prints, the red (edition of 35) and the blue (edition of 25), show the artist’s typical crisp detail and bold use of colour.
Represented by: Nunavut Gallery, Winnipeg; Gallerie Elca London, Montreal; Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg, NS; Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver.