Lavinia was born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario and her mother is well known gourd artist Elizabeth Gordon from Iqaluit, NU. Lavinia decided to move to Iqaluit after she graduated high school. At age 20 she has completed a year of Silversmithing and Goldsmithing at Nunavut Arctic College. Art is interesting to Lavinia because a person can put all of their thought and feeling into a piece. “You are able to say things in art that cannot be put into words. Themes can often be found repeated in my work, which ties them together, many times by accident. My inspiration is rooted in the common beauties and simplicity of life. Animals are a common subject of mine, as are traditional Inuit themes. I grew up in southern Ontario where a person’s heritage, traditions, and culture are not around every day. Now living in the North with my Inuit half of the family, it is hard not to be inspired when the beauty of the North and its people are surrounding me. My goals as an artist are to capture the imagination of the viewer. When making anything I usually stick to what I like. It is a satisfying bonus to see that my creations are admired. I want to gain more skill so that my talents become stronger and more versatile”.
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