Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok is a renowned sculptor from Arviat, Nunavut. She is one of the key artists who established the ‘minimalist’ style of sculpture associated with this area of Nunavut located on the west coast of Hudson’s Bay.
She began carving in the early 1960s. Her sculptures, most often representing mothers and children or family groups, are carved in a semi-abstract style in which the human figure is rarely defined in detail. Working in the difficult local stone, Tutsweetok often left large undulating surfaces uncarved, adding sparingly the suggestion of faces, arms and legs which seem to emerge from the stone. Occasionally she incised images onto her sculptures, indicating an interest in graphic art. In her later years, she turned to drawing, filling sheets of paper with highly coloured, almost abstract images.
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