MAYUREAK ASHOONA (1946-), E7-818, Cape Dorset
HUMAN BIRD TRANSFORMATION
27.25" x 12" x 26" — 69.9 x 30.5 x 66 cm.
Mayureak Ashoona is the daughter of early printmaker Sheouak Parr and wife of master carver Kaka Ashoona (son of the famous graphic artist, Pitseolak Ashoona). Both Mayureak and her late husband, Kaka, are prominent Inuit artists whose art reflects traditional Inuit culture. The couple became involved in art separately and developed their own distinctive styles. Mayuerak prefers working on a large scale, often depicting birds and communal activities that involve women.
Mayureak started drawing in the 1960s and began carving in the mid-1990s after her husband’s death. She is recognized as an accomplished sculptor and was one of nine women artists celebrated in a traveling survey exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, entitled Isumavut: The Artistic Expression of Nine Women from Cape Dorset. She has exhibited extensively in Canada, as well as internationally in the US, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Germany, and Korea.