“It is first and foremost perhaps a little bizarre. I had probably grown tired of those little stereotypical tupilaks that you can see all over the place, so in the beginning I mixed many different groups of motifs together.”
“Since then, I have developed from line drawings into a more street art inspired collage style with neon colours and graffiti references, and today I work with ink, watercolour and acrylic paint.”
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MORE UNUSUAL THINGS YOU HAVE MADE?
“There are people who have had tattoos of my tupilaks. There is, among others, a woman in Aasiaat who has a tattoo with three tupilak figures on the inside of her upper arm. The drawing symbolises her children, and when she has her arm against her body, she has the children close to her heart.”
“And I have also painted tupilaks on kendamas, those Japanese wooden toys that have a ball attached to a stick. It’s a fun challenge, because the surface is round.”
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH YOUR ART NOW AND IN THE FUTURE?
“Lately I’ve been playing around with printing techniques to challenge myself, and I have also begun to experiment with new and different materials, including my daughter’s gold glitter that you can buy in the supermarket, but it gives some exciting colour effects.”
“And in relation to the future? The only thing I’m sure of is that there will be a significant shift and maybe I will create sculptures or something just as different.”