Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq (b. 1941) comes from a generation of artists who, after living a traditional life on the land, settled permanently in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut. Her detailed drawings and brightly coloured wall-hangings often contain references to this heritage.

Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq began her artistic career by creating small sculptures and drawings during the 1960s. Eventually, she joined the local printmaking studio, not just to create her own images but also to print them herself. She is, however, best known for her unique style as a textile artist. Working with appliqué and embroidery, Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq creates a world filled with spirits and transformations, often based on stories and legends passed on from her grandmother.

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