Elisapee Ishulutaq

Born at Kangirterjuak camp, Cumberland Sound, NWT, 1925.
Lives and works in Pangnirtung, NU

I drew this so when I pass away people will remember me by my stories.

When Paul [Machnik] gave me the blank paper, I wondered how on earth am I going to do this? But I was happy working on larger paper … I can fit more stories and draw larger figures and had no problems with it. I was comfortable using oil stick but I found I had to draw carefully, perfectly.

Nunagah (My Home Place) 2009
oil stick on wove paper
134.4 × 962.2 cm
Gift of Schreiber Bros. Ltd., Hamilton, 2012
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Photo © NGC

Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 exhibition catalogue
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa