Kenojuak Ashevak photographed by Della Rollins. Rollins describes the session on her blog: “I photographed Kenojuak in Yorkville during a show of her nephew’s art. She is 84-years-old and I watched her smoke at least one pack of cigarettes in the three hours I was there.
Now, I don’t want to condone smoking, but this lady looked so badass doing it. She made smoking cool.
Besides, she needed a smoke. Kenojuak is a celebrity in the art world. So of course everyone wants to talk to her, but she doesn’t speak English. Her daughter translates but after a while I can only imagine that it gets pretty exhausting so every once in a while she would hobble outside on her cane for a few smokes.”