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Favourite Daughter, 1985

Jessie Oonark
Canadian (Inuit), 1906 - 1985
colour stonecut and stencil on laid japan paper
Printed by Magdalene Ukpatiku
94.5 x 62.8 cm
Gift of Dorothy M. Stillwell, M.D., 1987
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29915)
© Public Trustee of Nunavut. Estate of Jessie Oonark

Oonark had a keen interest in clothing design and often portrayed garments from other parts of the Arctic, as well as those of the Baker Lake region where she lived. Here, a young woman wears an elaborately decorated coat inspired by the western Arctic style that is sometimes called a "Mother Hubbard" parka. However, the sectioning of the garment into areas of colour and the addition of decorative motifs - the v-shapes, the y-shapes, and the circles (perhaps inspired by the incised markings on ancient Inuit ivories) - are Oonark's own additions.

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