“I started to see how women think, how they have an artistic way of forming things, like carvings, sewing, any female art… That’s what I started realizing… that women have real important roles… I realized that women can do a lot. Women are very capable They have been very capable for a long time, but it is just now that their capabilities are coming out in the open.”Oopik Pitsiulak
I’ve had the honour and privilege of assisting with the curation of an Inuit art exhibition at York University’s Goldfarb Gallery of Arts, entitled Echoes. Despite many years of studying art, this was my first introduction into the Inuit art world. Echoes presented the work of two contemporary Inuit artists – Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Taqralik Partridge, in collaboration with Jamie Griffiths. The work involved related to the idea of an echo, and to nipi – the Inuktitut word that best describes sound as it is understood as a translation into English. Echoes of Inuit traditional culture and history are strongly linked to the identity of Inuit today. From first-hand experience, the work of Inuit women artists carries resilience, love, vitality, and intelligence that is deeply rooted in nature.