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Fish Figures, 1979

Jessie Oonark
Canadian (Inuit), 1906 - 1985
coloured pencil and graphite on wove paper
56.3 x 76.2 cm
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989
National Gallery of Canada (no. 36397)
© Public Trustee of Nunavut. Estate of Jessie Oonark

Jessie Oonark was fascinated by clothing design - especially the intricate styling of "amauti" (Inuit women's parka) and the variations in design that occurred among different regions and cultural groups. From when she began to draw and make wall hangings, in the late 1950s, her affinity for shape, pattern, and colour inspired much of her work. Representing the role of transformation in Inuit spiritual life, this "amauti" takes on the form of a fish.

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