My Daily Art

Marion Tuu’luq. Thirty Faces, 1974. wool felt, embroidery floss, thread on wool stroud, 141 x 124 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. G-76-956.⁠

I included this wool felt embroidery work by the Inuit artist Marion Tuu’luq (1910-2002) in my 100 Masters: Only in Canada exhibition at the WAG in 2013.⁠⁠

The vibrant colours, mesmerizing design, and grid of glowing faces have always drawn me into this work. In 1961, Tuu’luq and her husband, artist Luke Anguhadluq, moved to Baker Lake (Nunavut) where she became one of the first women to make wall hangings in a sewing project. A few years later, Tuu’luq began using coloured beads to create designs in clothing, and these stylized geometric patterns carried over to her wall hangings like this WAG work.

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One response to “My Daily Art”

  1. Ruth Swan says:

    I think this piece was included in the exhibit “100 Masters from Canadian collections” and I was really drawn to the design and colours. I like quilt designs and this embroidery reminds me of a quilt. It represents so much work by the embroidery artist. I love the repetition of the image. I was proud to have this work chosen for a Canadian master as it was not an oil painting, but an important Inuit piece of art. I am excited about the opening of the new Inuit gallery – hope we don’t have to wait too long. Ruth Swan

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