Ningiukulu Teevee is a graphic artist and writer living in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut. She is one of the most versatile and intelligent graphic artists to emerge from the Kinngait Studios, and is the daughter of Joanasie Salomonie (deceased) and his wife, Kanajuk. Her father, Joanasie, was a community leader much loved in Cape Dorset for his sense of humour, mischief, and compassion. She has a comprehensive knowledge of Inuit legends and her drawings and prints uniquely capture and distill these stories, with a playful translation of traditional stories into dynamic compositions. These elements that have made many of her prints highly sought after by collectors. Teevee has had numerous solo shows of her bold and resplendent drawings and some of her work has been featured in exhibitions in major public galleries and museums.
Ningiukulu Teevee’s My New Boots (2016) is a wonderful example of the artist’s playful nature. When you first look at the work, it seems as though you’re looking at the bottom edge of a tunic, patterned pants, and mukluks, the titular “new boots”. However, when you look again you notice that what first appeared to be the edge of a tunic are actually feathers. The boots belong to a raven, and this is only revealed to the viewer once they see the feathers. The legs are hidden in the new boots, and this playful composition is a wonderful example of the artist’s sense of humour.