2022 Inuit Art Calendar
Dorset Fine Arts has been producing an annual calendar since the early 1970's and distributes to galleries around the world.
"Water is essential to all life. Water sustains us, it restores us and it connects us to all living things, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In Kinngait (Cape Dorset) water has a particular significance. The hamlet of Kinngait is situated on a small island at the tip of an archipelago surrounded by the sea. The land itself is filled with ponds, small lakes, brooks and streams.
For many generations the Inuit of this region have relied upon water for their survival and well- being. From the sea they hunted fish, seals and whales for nutrition, tools and clothing. The calm waters proved advantageous for travel by kayaks and umiaks in the summer and in the frozen winter dog team and sleds were used to drive over the snow covered terrain. Water was even used as a building material in the form of hard packed snow cut into blocks to make the traditional Igloo dwellings. Water is of such primary importance that some of the greatest myths and legends in Kinngait tell of stories that are set in the mysterious depths of the sea. Sedna, the Goddess of the Sea who holds the marine animals in her hair and releases them only when it pleases her has been a favourite subject of many artists. Water, in its many uses, variations and connections has real meaning for many of the artists, printmakers and staff at Kinngait Studios.
Water is formless and shapeless. Water can flow gently or it can crash. Water is life and death. -Niveaksie Quvianaqtuliaq, printmaker
Water is essential to life. Its power has so much beauty. -Neevee Jaw, printmaker
Water to me is life. I drink water. Water cleanses me. Water gives me energy. -Susie Saila, artist
Our body is mostly water. No Water, No Life. -Shuvenai Ashoona, artist
What my ancestors drank and what I drink now is completely different. My ancestors drank pure water directly from streams, ponds, snow and ice. We, the current generation, drink water mixed with chemicals and bottled mixed drinks. The sea has its own mind. When it wants to become rough, it gets really rough. When it wants to calm down, it calms down. -Joamie Tapaungai, assistant studio manager
Water is everything. -Mine Celebi, lithograph sponger and trainee," quoted from Dorest Fine Art" - Dorset Fine Arts