Inuit art: Family
Inuit Artist: Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Size: 6" tall, 7" wide, 4" deep, 8 lbs
Community: Baker Lake, NU
This is an extremely important piece in regards to the development of inuit art. The late Lucy Tasseor is among the first or second generation of Inuit carvers who pioneered the entire industry back in the 1960's & 70's.
This is an extremely important piece of Inuit art since its carver is a first or second generation carver, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok. These early Inuit carvers pioneered the
modern Inuit art industry in the 1960s and 70s.
The composition of the faces in the piece, is minimalist and raw. The rudimentary lines and the proportions of the piece are two dimensional which exaggerates the natural beauty of the stone. Faces reflects the great emotive sculptures created by the Inuit artists from the isolated community of Arviat.
Lucy’s signature is her family oriented carvings. They are raw and traditional but also viewed from a different point of view, they are ultra modern and minimalistic.
Her work is still sought after and admired.
I didn’t hesitate to acquire this stunning beauty when I saw it.
What an honour it would be to have this carving in your collection.
Included in the 1970 Sculpture Exhibition organized as part of the Centennial for the Northwest Territories, Lucy Tasseor was also one of the Keewatin (tundra) artists selected for the key exhibition, “Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic”, which toured internationally from 1971-1973. Immediately recognizable for her signature style, the artist has long been regarded as one of the principal exponents of the austere minimalist style that we have associated with the community of Arviat—and she has continued to show extensively at a national/international level for the last three and a half decades.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery, 2005
“Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok was born just south of the N.W.T. border in Nunalla, Manitoba in 1934. After her father’s death Tasseor lived with her grandparents in and around Nunalla and Churchill. Tasseor married Richard Tutsweetok in Rankin Inlet in 1960, and moved to Arviat, N.W.T. soon after. She began carving in the early 1960s.
Tasseor drew inspiration from the memories of sand drawings that she and her grandfather (whom she considers to be the greatest influence on her life) had made when she was a child. Her sculptures, representing mothers and children or family groups, are carved in a semi-abstract style in which the human figure is rarely defined. Tasseor works the stone very sparingly, leaving large undulating surfaces uncarved, decorated with incised drawings. For Tasseor, a flat stone plane has as much expressive power as a face. Human subjects are suggested by faces, arms and legs that emerge from the stone, often only along the edges of the carving. Subtle variations in the positioning or expression of heads and faces provide clues to understanding the meaning of specific sculptures. Tasseor herself assigns very specific meanings or moods to each of her works.”
Excerpt from “Visions of Power”, Ingo Hessel, 1991.