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Nancy Saunders

Beauty in Our Lines

Artist

Nancy Saunders
Born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, in 1986

Title

Beauty in Our Lines

Date

2019

Materials

Watercolour and ink over traces of graphite, thread embroidery

Dimensions

56.5 x 39.5 cm

Credits

Purchase, Serge Desroches Bequest, inv. 2019.142

Collection

Graphic Arts

This work is part of a series of ink drawings on which multidisciplinary
Inuit artist Niap sewed traditional Inuit tattoos. Historically reserved for women, face and body tattooing (tunniq and kakiniq, respectively) marks and relates the different stages of an Inuit woman’s life. Banned for years when Inuit communities converted to Christianity, the practice gradually faded away. As a way of restoring visibility to this tradition and ensuring its survival through her art, Niap adorned this drawing of her grandmothers’ untouched skin with stitched tattoos that symbolize connection to family and community.

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