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

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