Rencontre-causerie : Trente ans de passion | Goota Ashoona

Artist Talk: 30 Years of Passion | Goota Ashoona

Friday, March 25, 2022 - 6 to 7 P.M.

As part of the exhibition Ashoona: Enduring Art Stories, La Guilde is proud to invite artist and curator Goota Ashoona for an artist talk. Daughter of renowned Inuit sculptor Kiugak Ashoona and granddaughter of graphic artist Pitseolak Ashoona, Goota Ashoona has been a professional sculptor for over thirty years. She presents her biography and practice, as well as her passion for working with various media, including whalebone, for which she is well known. She will then explain the content of the exhibition and the choices she made as curator to highlight the work of the members of her family. The talk concludes with a question period during which you can interact with Goota Ashoona. Come and meet this remarkable Inuit artist who is already making her mark on Canadian art history!

For those who couldn't attend, here is the video of the artist talk:

Born in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU) and now based in Winnipeg (MB), Goota Ashoona is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily carved in soapstone and whalebone. She also produced wall hangings, small ornaments, and traditional Inuit dolls. Her sculptures reveal the strong influence of her father's style, Kiugak Ashoona, and delicate but detailed treatment of figurative subjects, most of which are women and children. Goota Ashoona is a representative and advocate for Inuit art abroad and has travelled extensively throughout North America for her art practice with her husband Bob Kussy. Her work is part of many public collections, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery (MB), the Haida Heritage Centre (BC), and the Canada Council Art Bank.

Photos : (Portrait) © La Guilde; (Works) Goota Ashoona, Sandspit Story; Goota Ashoona, Bob Kussy, et Guy Sharky, We are all in the same boat © Goota Ashoona.
Video : Rencontre-causerie: Trente ans de passion | Goota Ashoona, 2022. © La Guilde