“To me, being an artist is interpreting how you feel and expressing yourself creatively.” — Bill Nasogaluak
Born in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT in 1953, Bill Nasogaluak grew up during a time when traditional Inuit life was colliding with Southern culture. This collision informs the materials and tools he uses, as well as the content of his work. With an unwavering clearsightedness, he expresses the pain and consequences of colonialism in the North, addressing suicide, alcoholism in extraction industry workers, and the devastation of climate change for Inuit and the animals that surround them.
Nasogaluak’s carvings also materialize spiritual and cultural aspects from Inuvialuit ways of being; his hope is to inspire the next generations to keep Inuit culture central to who they are. He follows the stone and the stories wherever they want to take him.