“I enjoy drawing animals and I’m amazed at how they survive up here in the north. Without them, my family would never have survived. I also draw people camping because I am reminded of old times when we lived on the land. Those were good times.” – Papiara Tukiki
Papiara Tukiki has been a delightful mainstay of the annual collection since her first prints were introduced in 2004. Papiara’s simple forms capture the essence of her subject – whether it be human or animal or some combination of the two, as in her Loon Spirit (2012-17) of 2012. Papiara has an innate sense of design. In 1977 she received an Award of Excellence for her original design in the “Things That Make us Beautiful” competition organized by the Department of Indian and Northern Development.
Born on Christmas Day, 1942, Papiara is married to Qopie Tukiki, a long-time employee of the community’s Housing Association. They live in Cape Dorset.
(Information and pic provided by Dorset Fine Arts)
Tukiki’s images of playful animals on the land have a touch of whimsy and humour. In looking to Bubble Gum (2011), the etched fur creates a texture against a singular use of colour in the body. The gum bubble adds a playful tone to the image; the animal’s paws extended outwards as if mid-frolic. Tukiki’s practice continues to engage with the land, as she recalls, “I remember how it was before we lived in the settlement. We needed all of these animals for food and clothing and just to live. I like to draw them. I also like to draw the way that we used to live, people in camps and travelling”. Her unique interpretations have been reproduced in many print collections, and her drawings have toured internationally. Her work is held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, NY.
2015 Participated in a panel discussion at ‘Focus on Cape Dorset’ at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY.
1977 Received an Award of Excellence for original design in the “Things That Make Us
Beautiful” competition organized by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
(Information provided by Inuit Art Foundation)