Artists often say they create art for themselves and don’t care what other people think. But when Eye on the Arctic tracked down Jutai Toonoo working in studio, we got the sense that he really, really meant it.
Toonoo uses human imagery to explore identity issues and cultural conflict in the North. Many experts say he’s producing some of the most provocative contemporary artwork to ever come out of the Arctic. But as for all the rest, there’s no better person to tell you about it than Jutai Toonoo himself.
Here he is in his own words.