Aquatint / Etching (Edition of 75) by Germaine Arnaktauyok
Image area: 18.5" wide by 15" high
Print (float-mounted in frame): 28.75" wide by 25" high
About the Artist
Born in 1946, near the village of Igloolik in the Canadian Arctic, Germaine Arnaktauyok is well known for her drawings, etchings, and children's book illustrations, as well as for her designs for two Canadian coins. Arnaktauyok's drawings and etchings have been shown throughout Canada, the U.S., and Japan, and are in the permanent collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Musee d'art Inuit Brousseau, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, and other museums.
Arnaktauyok's richly textured and colored aquatint etchings reflect Arnaktauyok's love of story, as well as her devotion to her traditional Inuit culture. She brings a perspective both mythic and intimate to her interpretation of stories that include shape-shifting polar bears, how caribou came to be, the origin of the sun and moon, and how, in the old days, igloos could fly.
Even Arnaktauyok's object studies have a narrative essence. Her images of items such as kayaks, ivory combs, and a shaman's coat have the sacred presence of artifacts that tell stories about a people and a place that most of us will never know.
Like the traditional Inuit shaman who mediates between worlds, Arnaktauyok's powerful imagery can take us to a far away Arctic land in which the old, magical stories are still alive.