ARCTIC MEMORIES by Normee Ekoomiak


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An Inuk (singular of Inuit) artist who grew up on the Hudson Bay and now lives in Toronto accompanies his evocative paintings, as well as his embroidered and appliquÉd wall hangings, with ingenuously direct commentary on the subjects they depict. The art, in rich colors and strong, economical forms, is a powerful reminder of a way of life that survives in part despite the encroachment of 20th-century ""civilization""; the fabric constructions, enlivened by their surfaces' shadows and texture, are especially interesting. The text, given in both English and Inuit, is clearly an adjunct to the art. Although more a series of extensive captions than a structured narrative, it is clearly authentic and includes details of daily life; a revealing, true tragic story (""The Curse""); legends; Ekoomiak's unique, generous interpretations of his Nativity scene and of the Statue of Liberty. Attractive, unusual source material.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt