The Museum of Inuit Art opens its new special exhibition Working Together: The Cooperative Influence in honour of the International Year of Cooperatives. Artist Jaco Ishulutaq from Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), Nunavut will be in attendance and speaking about his experiences working on the cooperative.
Master Jaco Ishulutaq (b. 1951) began making art at the age of sixteen after the encouragement of his mother, famed graphic artist Elisapee Ishulutaq. He is the most prolific artist in his community and has exhibited his artworks around the world.
Ishulutaq sculpts many subjects from traditional Inuit culture, including the Sea Goddess. He hopes depicting her will help to pass down traditional wisdom and knowledge related to her, while honouring her at the same time. His work is especially fluid and detailed, often incorporating mixed media to heighten the naturalism of his work.