Five people fishing in a rock dam

Janet Kigusiuq. Fishing in a Rock Dam, 1981. Linocut and colour stencil on paper, Sheet: 63.9 × 94.7 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002.  © Public Trustee for Nunavut, Estate of Janet Kigusiuq Uqayuittuq 2002/10566

Janet Kigusiuq

June 8 - September 26, 2019

Located on the second floor in gallery 225, the Bovey Gallery.

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Kigusiuq was born to celebrated artist Jessie Oonark in the Back River area of Nunavut’s Kivalliq region. Kigusiuq moved to a settlement at Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake) in the mid-1950s, but it was her earlier life on the land that provided inspiration for many of her drawings.

Her bright, bold and graphic work on paper typically depicts scenes inspired by camp life – hunting and fishing, and supernatural forms inspired by Inuit spirituality and stories. By capturing memories and stories of time on the land, her work became a form of resistance against forces of colonization and assimilation she encountered.

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