Art is a Voice

JADE NASOGALUAK CARPENTER

1993 –

Nasogaluak Carpenter is highly involved in Calgary’s art scene and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where she serves on the Indigenous Advisory Circle and is part of theall-Inuit team of guest curators who will create the inaugural exhibitions of the WAG Inuit Art Centre.

The guest curatorial team—led by Dr. Heather Igloliorte with Nasogaluak Carpenter and other emerging curators/artists Asinnajaq and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski—is ready to surprise people with the depth and breadth of contemporary Inuit art today.

Nasogaluak Carpenter is an apt member of this exciting team, known for her thought-provoking use of art and humour to address the subjects of colonialism, cultural displacement, mental illness, Indigenous identity, and cultural appropriation.

In Uyarak//Stone, Nasogaluak Carpenter uses soap stone carvings of contemporary items to challenge the notions of Inuit art.The series features everyday but unexpected items such as cigarettes, a tampon, and a menstrual cup.

At the 2017 Sled Island music and arts festival,Nasogaluak Carpenter stirred audiences with a poster of a bad dog drawing that read, “I could have made so many dog drawings if I hadn’t been preoccupied making art about mourning the loss of my culture.”

In Facing Forward (2018), she uses a bed sheet as a full body disguise to open a discussion about cultural roots.

Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter
Map Print. Silkscreen print. 18'' x 21''. 2016
From the series Uyarak//Stone. Cigarettes and Lighter. Soapstone and tung oil. Approx. 1/4" x 3" and 1''x 3'', respectively. 2017. Photo credit: Brittany Lucas
Mourn (detail). Acrylic on glass. Size variable. 2017. Photo credit: City of Calgary

Recent Achievements

Guest curator, WAG Inuit Art Centre inaugural exhibitions
Advisor, WAG Indigenous Advisory Circle
Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Winner, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize (2017)
Drawings featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Inuit Art Quarterly
Member, Board of Directors, Stride Gallery
Member,Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective
BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Invitation Student Art Competition Nomination (2016)
Jason Lang Scholarship (2015)

 

Mourn (detail). Acrylic on glass. Size variable. 2017. Photo credit: City of Calgary