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Irene Avaalaaqiaq

Date of Birth: 1941 or 1936 in Tebesjuak Lake
Residence: Baker Lake
Medium/Materials: Wall hangings, drawings and prints
Irene Avaalaaqiaq is one of Canada’s most prominent Inuit artists. Over her thirty-year career, she has sought to use art as a tool to represent and symbolize concepts of time, place, narrative and movement. Avaalaaqiaq received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Guelph in 1999.
“Myth and reality intersect,” writes author Judith Nasby in Irene Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality (2002), “as [Avaalaaqiaq] translates multi-layered stories, transformation scenes, and personal memories into bold graphic imagery… Her unique vision is expressed in large, highly coloured, and abstracted works that are enlivened with embroidered lines. Avaalaaqiaq’s world view is derived from an oral tradition and is expressed in a symbolic manner that compresses time, location, narrative and the depiction of movement into timeless images conveying layers of meaning.”
Bibliography: Judity Nasby, Irene Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality, 2002.

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