‘Usittik / Undress’ is a series of screenprints exploring the deconstructed elements of traditional Inuit tattoos, also known as kakiniit.
Inuk designer Mark Bennett carries out the act of undressing his own identity and reclamation in the context of the intersection of traditional and modernist design. This references printmaking within Inuit art and continues this dialogue in a Bauhaus-esque Arts and Crafts study in regard to colour, form, and composition.
By connecting research, conversations with his community, and education of the narrative of his family, this process is what has driven the body of work and is embedded in the playfulness of the printed matter.
Comprised of two screenprints, 30” x 44” (76 cm x 112 cm) on Sommerset Velvet Paper.
Mark Bennett is a designer based in Toronto and originally from Newfoundland and Labrador. His current personal practice is focused on space and identity. He is a full-time art director/designer and a part-time undergraduate architecture student at the University of Toronto.