Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok

Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok (1934–2012) was a renowned sculptor from Arviat, Nunavut. She is known as one of the key artists who established the ‘minimalist’ style of sculpture associated with this region of Nunavut located on the western coast of Hudson Bay.

Tutsweetok began carving in the early 1960s. Her sculptures, most often representing mothers and children or family groups, are carved in a semi-abstract style wherein the human figure is rarely defined in detail. Working in the extremely hard local stone, Tutsweetok often left large undulating surfaces uncarved, adding sparingly the suggestion of faces, arms and legs which seem to emerge from the stone. Occasionally, she incised images onto her sculptures, indicating an interest in graphic art. In Tutsweetok’s later years, she turned to drawing, filling sheets of paper with highly coloured, almost abstract images.

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