This trilingual publication explores the intersection between the unique artistic, studio, and land-based practices of Leslie Reid of Ottawa, Ontario, and Robert Kautuk of Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), Nunavut. Climate change is having a profound impact on global ecosystems, particularly in northern landscapes and communities, and this publication offers meaningful visualizations that map the Arctic and the climate emergency from diverse perspectives. In addition to beautiful colour illustrations, this volume features a critical essay by curator Rebecca Basciano, as well as a conversation between the artists facilitated by Dr. Heather Igloliorte.
This book is a companion to the exhibition Dark Ice: Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk, on view at the Ottawa Art Gallery from April 23, 2022 to February 26, 2023, followed by a national tour through 2025. This project has been made possible in part by support from Leslie Reid, the Canada Council for the Arts, the McLean Foundation, and our Exclusive Travel Partner Canadian North.