Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Dorset Seen (2017) SOLD OUT


Featuring essays by Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck, and interviews by Boyd of Tim Pitsiulak and Ningiukulu Teevee

144 pages, illustrated, soft cover


“Standard Deviations” essay by Sandra Dyck winner of a Curatorial Writing Award (major text over 5000 words),41st annual Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards, 2018

Dorset Seen looked at how 20 Kinngait artists, past and present, have represented their lives and community over the last sixty years. It did not focus exclusively on the contemporary, nor did it equate earlier artists with ideas of “tradition.” Kinngait’s artists have always been inspired by their everyday lives, regardless of aesthetic conventions or market pressures. 

Dorset Seen took the pulse of recent developments in the community’s art scene. To do so, it looked beyond the limited sphere of the limited edition print to survey the media where the greatest risk-taking has always occurred: drawing and carving. In their remarkable, wide-ranging works, the artists tackled Christianity and colonialism, the HBC and the RCMP, family and sport, architecture and community development, technology and transport, alcoholism and suicide.