“Buttons attract me because they are made of different colours and shapes. I like colourful buttons.”
Samayualie is fascinated by patterns and arrangements of disparate objects in nature and man-made materials. Many of her drawings depict everyday items such as the contents of a pantry shelf, a table of shiny fishing lures or boxes of camping supplies.
Nicotye Samayualie is the daughter of Kudluajuk Ashoona and Johnny Tunnillie Samayualie. Her grandmother, Keeleemeeoomee Samayualie was a well known graphic artist whose prints were represented in the Cape Dorset annual print collections throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Samayualie has had her original drawings shown at Art Toronto and in 2013 her work was featured in an Italian publication Annie e le Altre, an ambitious scholastic study that explored the role of women artists in Cape Dorset. In 2016, she participated in a month-long residency at Alberta's Banff Centre, as part of the TD Bank North-South Exchange program.
Nicotye Samayualie is a visual artist from Cape Dorset.