Sarah Whalen Lunn is a multi media Inuit artist and traditional tattoo practitioner from Alaska who has recently moved with her family to Calgary, AB.
As an artist I feel it is important to facilitate conversation on the social issues facing us as Indigenous people and women. The art that I create, whether it is traditional tattooing or painting, stems from the want to work out my own emotions and heal.
As a visual artist I work with raw emotions, showing the world my perspective and my place in it. It is a true reflection of what I feel (in image) that words sometimes cannot convey.
As a traditional tattoo practitioner I work to help reconnect people to our cultures and reclaim our heritage of cultural tattooing that was diminished through colonization. Our tattooing has the ability to connect us as a community and to show who we are as modern Indigenous people. I believe that all art has a chance to open the dialogue necessary for the change we need and that is what I strive to create.
Traditional marks from Kodiak Island
Traditional hand markings - Kotzebue, Alaska
"Aana's ulu" - 5ft wood block print, hand carved
"We are not a expendable resource" - Digital illustration
"No more Stolen Sisters" - Original artist SWL, created in 2019
"Release" - Block print
"Mouthful of fish" - Oil painting
"The Mothers" - Beaded earrings backed with brain tanned smoked hide
Commissioned work by The Anchorage Museum - 5ft hand carved wood block print
"Nanuq" - Hand poked tattoo
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