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Oviloo Tunnillie RCA

Cape Dorset
 
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Oviloo Tunnillie RCA

Cape Dorset
 

1949 - 2014 

Oviloo Tunnillie was born in Kangia, Greenland in 1949. She is the daughter of two artists, Sheojuk and Toonoo Tunnillie. She grew up traditionally on the land, but like many Inuit of the era, was hospitalized as a child in the south for tuberculosis.

Having watched her father carve, Oviloo made her first carving at the age of fourteen - a woman without legs, with a baby on her back. Since then, she has become one of Cape Dorset's most celebrated sculptors, and perhaps the only female sculptor who consciously competes with the men.

Oviloo's sculpture transcends common conceptions about Inuit art that it does not capitalize on its ethnicity. Her work can be regarded as aligned with "Post-contemporary" tendencies, an approach that is distinguished by new modes of art making.

Among the artist pushing the boundaries of Inuit art, Olivoo's sculpture is remarkable for its sometimes subtle, sometimes over feminist content. Oviloo's work is conceptual, reflects her life, and is intensely personal. She often deals with issues that other are reluctant to portray, such as a depiction of larger social concerns, particularly those affecting woman. Much of her work features a woman, who is Oviloo herself. Like much of her work, these pieces are introspective -- reflecting her trials, her tribulations, and her growth as an artist.

Also setting her apart is Oviloo's use of the nude human figure in her work -- a subject that few Inuit artists choose to depict. Oviloo has carved nudes for years, contrasting the sensuous columes of the body with texture and geometric patterning. Her sculptures exhibit a quiet, elegant simplicity. Recently, Oviloo has begun experimenting with fragmentary human figures.

Oviloo was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the arts in 2003. She has exhibited extensively in Canada, the United States, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and France. She was also featured in the video Keeping Our Stories Alive: the Sculpture of Canada's Inuit, produced by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. In 2000 she participated in the Millennium Sculpture Symposium in Iqaluit.

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