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Seal Hunter Saw a Mermaid Stencil Print

A stencil print from the community of Pangnirtung, Nunavut. This piece depicts a seal hunter seeing a mermaid!


57cm x 35cm / edition of 45

Artist: Elisapee Ishulutaq
Printmaker: Leetia Alivaktuk

Pangnirtung (Pangnirtuuq, ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ) is a hamlet on Baffin Island, Nunavut, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the Arctic Circle on an ancient beach in Pangnirtung Fjord at the north end of Cumberland Sound. Renowned for its traditional Inuit arts and crafts, this artistic community has a population of 1400, roughly 95% of whom are Inuit.

Elisapee Ishulutaq (1925-2018) was among the first Pangnirtung artists to produce prints. A self-taught artist, she was influenced by her upbringing in a traditional Inuit community. She drew upon her nostalgic memories of traditional life before permanent settlements. By representing images of domestic life alongside contemporary social and environmental issues, Elisapee redefined how the world sees Inuit art. In 2014, she was awarded the Order of Canada