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My Name Is Arnaktauyok

The Life and Art of Germaine Arnaktauyok

by (author) Germaine Arnattaujuq (Arnaktauyok)

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Mar 2015
Artists, Architects, Photographers, Canadian, Women Artists
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2015
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Germaine Arnattaujuq (Arnaktauyok) is one of the Canadian North's most prolific and recognizable artists. In this book, she tells the story of her life in her own words: her "very traditional Inuk life" growing up in Nunavut at a camp near Igloolik, and her experiences later in a residential school in Chesterfield Inlet; her education as an artist in Winnipeg and Ottawa; and her return to the North, where she continues to create drawings, etchings, and illustrations that have been featured in museums and galleries worldwide. She also provides commentary on several of her works, offering a seldom seen perspective on her inspiration and process. Featuring over one hundred full-colour reproductions of Germaine Arnattaujuq (Arnaktauyok)'s fascinating pieces from throughout her career, this beautiful book provides an in-depth look at one of the world's most important artists.

About the author

Germaine Arnattaujuq is an award-winning Inuit artist and illustrator, best known for her prints and etchings depicting Inuit myths and traditional ways of life. In 1999, she designed the special edition two-dollar coin commemorating the founding of the territory of Nunavut. She is the co-author, with Gyu Oh, of My Name Is Arnaktauyok: The Life and Art of Germaine Arnaktauyok, and she has illustrated numerous books. Germaine is the recipient of the 2021 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

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  • Unknown, United States Board on Books for Young People, Outstanding International Books Selection

Editorial Reviews

“. . . [P]rints and etchings of Germaine Arnaktauyok, 68, are among the most distinctive of any Inuit artist. A new book, My Name is Arnaktauyok: The Life and Art of Germaine Arnaktauyok, combines many of those refined images with her biography.”—Maclean's Magazine

“. . . [T]he dazzling volume – size, layout, design are all so perfect – is both a testimony of resilience, and a triumphant exhibit of artistic excellence."—Book Dragon

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