Grant Summary
Support for ongoing work.
Artist Statement
I was raised with a strong Iñupiaq worldview, enveloped by Elders who grew up in a sod houses, living completely from the land for sustenance. I create art to bring people into that perspective, to activate within the audience a connection to their ancestral memory, transporting them to their own personal long ago, to their connection with the mythos. "Unipkaaġusiksuġuvik (the place of the future/ancient)” is a solo installation performative work that will debut at the top floor of the Anchorage Museum in October and November of 2016. In it, I will be creating a Iñupiaq ceremonial house, one that exists in the space between the hyper-future and the super-ancient, a liminal space where myths are born. I am studying and recreating artifacts that are in the Museum, using modern materials. I would love to visit with you more about my work.
  • Polar Bear Community Art project 2015 (in process), Allison Akootchook Warden, Zip ties and crab pot material. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Whaling Suit 2015 (in process), Allison Akootchook Warden, Barback restaurant plastic, felt, hula skirt, zip ties, Dr. Scholls foot inserts and halibut glow leader. Photo by Jaqueline Fernandez.

  • artmatters5 2015, Allison Akootchook Warden, Object from the Anchorage Museum, zip ties, hula skirt material and cardboard. Photo by Michael Conti.