JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A., BAKER LAKE/QAMANI’TUAQ
The Alaska Shop, Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.A.
Private Collection, Illinois, U.S.A.
Jean Blodgett & Marie Bouchard, Jessie Oonark, A Retrospective, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1986, page 58, reproduced on page 96.
One of three prints of Oonark’s that were included in Cape Dorset print collections in 1960 and 1961. This is one of the artist’s most important and well known works that established her unique aesthetic of bold, disconnected forms. In Inuit culture, facial tattoos were symbolic of acquiring knowledge especially in regard to motherhood. This print along with Inland Eskimo Woman (see lot 16), which are almost companion pieces, are reproduced in tandem in the Jessie Oonark retrospective.