JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985), Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq
21.5 x 16 in — 54.6 x 40.6 cm
Faye Settler (The Upstairs Gallery) writes of Oonark’s “bright light in the art world.” Of the subject matter Oonark chose to portray, “She looked into the abundant treasure store which was her imagination and from it she drew out her great variety: symbols, such as the ulu which she presented over and over in ever-changing images, the shamanic bone symbols, her unique bird figures and of course the human figures, mostly female, in elaborately detailed clothing."
Jean Blodgett and Mary Bouchard, Jessie Oonark R.C.A., O.C., Retrospective 1970-1985, Prints Drawings, Wall Hangings, The Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, 1986, exh. cat., page 2