Annie Pootoogook

Man on the Radio

2006
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In "Man on the Radio", Pootoogook evokes childhood memories of Cape Dorset in the 1970s. The prefabricated house, with its plywood walls, linoleum floor, and oil heater, may have been a new type of dwelling for her parents, who had moved into the settlement about a decade earlier, but for Pootoogook this - not a tent or snow house - was the family home. Wearing jeans, a lace-trimmed sweater, and a child’s version of an "amauti" (parka) to carry her doll, the artist is shown as a young girl watching her mother prepare meat on the floor, while her father chats on the CB (Citizens’ Band) radio. If for her parents it was a life in transition, for Pootoogook it was the norm. “I never thought that this is traditional Inuit way, and this is white style. I never thought about that because I just draw what I see.”
Title
Man on the Radio
Date
2006
Medium
Drawing
Materials
coloured pencil and black felt pen on wove paper
Dimensions
50.9 x 66.1 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2006
Accession number
41939