Shuvinai Ashoona Life & Work by Nancy Campbell
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Shuvinai Ashoona is a pearl in the tiny hamlet of Cape Dorset—an artist protected from the world at large who relishes the daily routine and support offered by Kinngait Studios. In my visits to this community over the years, I have had the rare opportunity to spend time with Shuvinai, sometimes in conversation but often just watching her draw. She is a smiling face at the airport, a wake-up knock at my door in the morning with the reminder to get working, and a regular lunch companion.
Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell has been an independent curator and writer on contemporary and Inuit art since 1993. She was curator at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph; director of the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto; adjunct curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery; and curator of special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2014–15 she served as the editor of the Inuit Art Quarterly.

          Her interest in Inuit art dates back to her childhood in Winnipeg, visiting the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which houses the world’s largest collection of Inuit art. In 1994 she had the opportunity to travel to Baker Lake (Qamanittuaq) for the opening of the first major survey of Baker Lake drawings, organized by the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. This exhibition captured Campbell’s imagination, and she began to include Inuit art in her curatorial practice. Her current research focuses on contemporary Inuit drawing.

          She has produced numerous exhibitions, most recently a three-part series at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, that connects Inuit art with the Canadian contemporary mainstream: Noise Ghost: Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona (2009), Scream: Ed Pien and Samonie Toonoo (2010), and Blue Cloud: Jack Bush and Ohotaq Mikkigak (2012), as well as the landmark Annie Pootoogook at The Power Plant in Toronto in 2006.

          Campbell is currently a PhD candidate at York University, where her dissertation analyzes the drawings of third-generation Inuit artists Annie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona.