Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, sculptor (born 1934 in Nunalla, MB; died 12 April 2012 in Arviat, NU).
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, sculptor (born 1934 in Nunalla, MB; died 12 April 2012 in Arviat, NU). Tasseor's family lived in the Ennadai Lake, NWT, region. An Ahiamiut, she began carving in the early 1960s after moving to Arviat, where she lived until her death.
Tasseor is best known for multiple head images that were largely inspired by her memory of a drawing made in the sand by her grandfather when she was a child. Her sculptures, representing mothers and children, the extended family or larger community group, are rendered in a semi-abstract manner in which the complete figure is seldom portrayed. She relied heavily on the initial shape of her material, choosing to carve heads or arms where outcroppings occur on the main body of the stone.
Tasseor was represented nationally and internationally in such major exhibitions as Sculpture/Inuit, organized by the Canadian Arts Council in 1971; Pure Vision: The Keewatin Spirit, at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina in 1986; In the Shadow of the Sun, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1988; and Indigena, held at the CMC in 1992.