Thirty Faces, 1974
wool felt, embroidery floss, thread on wool stroud on wool
141 x 124 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Marion Tuu’luq was the wife of respected Baker Lake artist Luke Anguhadluq, and over the years her drawings and textiles have come to be as well recognized as her husband’s graphic art. The couple moved to Baker Lake in 1961, and Tuu’luq was one of the first women to make wall hangings in a sewing project between 1966 and 1967. In 1969 she began using coloured beads to create designs in clothing, and the stylized, geometric patterns carried over to her wall hangings. A motif that reoccurs in her fabric designs is the abstract human head, as seen in this work, which also reveals her tendency toward formalized compositions with repetition of motifs and colours. Tuu’luq’s art was featured in a solo exhibition, Marion Tuu’luq, and a tour organized by the National Gallery of Canada in 2002.