Piujut Arnaqsiutit: Women’s beautiful things

Using fine lines, shading and gradient, and intricate designs the art of Germaine Arnattaujuq expresses the delicate femininity and beauty of Inuit women, tunniit (tattoos), intricate braids and ivory-carved woman’s combs.

One of the distinguishing features of Germaine’s work is the attention to fine detail that brings vibrant depth to her pieces. Her images of tattooed faces and arms exemplifies the idea that tunniit represent permanent stitches that bind together Inuit women’s cultural past with present ideals of Inuit femininity.

Originally from Iglulik, Nunavut, Germaine has been creating art for over 60 years, producing fine works of art in pencil, lithograph, etchings, serigraphs and paints. Germaine’s artwork has been important in inspiring and setting a high standard for visual aesthetics among Inuit in Canada and internationally. Her prints and artwork can be found in homes and galleries across the globe.

In February 2021, Germaine was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. This award recognizes the careers of some of Canada’s most accomplished artists.

December 18, 2021 to May 29, 2022

Current exhibit in the Mezzanine