Colour & Texture in From the Land

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on January 10, 2014

Naomi Ityi, Untitled, c. 1973, Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, G-74-62

One of our newer exhibitions on display is called From the Land: Materials and Message in Inuit Art . This exhibition is small, featured in Gallery 3, however as the name suggests, it features a variety of mediums not commonly thought of in Inuit art. Although there are some quite fascinating sculptures in this exhibition, (don’t miss Lukie Airut’s Inuit Scenes from the Past, 2001) my favourite works are the wall hangings.

Walking into From the Land I was immediately struck with the combination of colour and texture in the gallery. One of my favourite textile artists, whose work I was introduced to in Creation & Transformation, is Ruth Qaulluaryuk. She has a small piece entitled Landscape with Human and Animals, in the exhibition which shows her distinctive style and subject matter. Another work that stood out to me was Naomi Ityi’s untitled, 1973. Ityi’s varied stitching patterns and textures are exquisite!

When visiting From the Land please take your time and examine the works carefully. Each piece is unique and shows each artist’s mastery of their medium. What are some of your favourite or most unexpected works in the exhibition? Please leave your comments below!

Nicole Fletcher works in the Education and Communications departments at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and is in the Joint Masters Program at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

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