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Marion Tuu’luq

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Marion Tuu’luq (1910-2002) was a Canadian Inuk artist that specialized in mixed media and textiles.

Tuu’luq was born at her family’s camp at Innituuq in the Utkuhiksalik area and lived a nomadic lifestyle until 1961 when she and her family moved to the settlement of Baker Lake. She mostly worked in the small arctic community of Baker Lake but participated in a part of a circle of northern fabric artists who helped establish a contemporary art form consisting of embroidered textile works. Her artwork primarily consisted of work based on the material of embroidery thread, felt, and wool. She drew upon vivid colors, symmetry, and anthropomorphic imagery to create tapestries that depicted stories, legends, and personal experience. A turning point in her career was in 1974 when her work was exhibited in Crafts from Arctic Canada, shown in both Toronto and Ottawa. Afterward, her work received steady attention. In 1978, Tuu’luq became an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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