JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A., BAKER LAKE/QAMANI’TUAQ
Jean Blodgett & Marie Bouchard, Jessie Oonark, A Retrospective, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1986, page 58, reproduced on page 96.
Oonark conceived this dramatic image of a Baker Lake woman’s traditional outfit prior to the inception of her own community’s print program. Working with printer Eegyvudluk Pootoogook at the Cape Dorset print shop, she created a print that is anything but traditional - using simple black lines and exaggerated forms. Jack Butler noted that Oonark “was very good in complex communication with extremely simple means.” This observation rings quite true in this example.