Janet Kigusiuq (1926–2005) began to draw in the late 1960s. Throughout her career, she challenged herself in various media, from drawings to prints to wall hangings and collage.
Kigusiuq’s drawing style evolved greatly during her career. She began with early linear, narrative images featuring isolated colour accents; these later became vibrant colour field images celebrating the Arctic landscape. Her subject matter primarily harkened back to the traditional life she lived until settling in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake). Traditional material and social culture provided imagery, as did myths and legends. These themes are echoed in her beautifully appliquéd and embroidered wall hangings. In the last decade of her life, Kigusiuq began to create collages out of tissue paper, acrylic, and polymer that are reminiscent of her later colour field works.
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