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Pitseolak, "Igloos at Ikerasak"
Artist Ashoona, Pitseolak
Object Name Print
Object Type print, relief
Title Igloos at Ikersak
Date 1975
Medium stonecut on paper
Dimensions H-86.7 W-63 cm
Description Pitseolak Ashoona has appeared in every Cape Dorset print collection since 1960 and was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1974. James Houston, another artist found in the WAG’s permanent collection, encouraged her to produce drawings to support her family. Pitseolak went on to produce over 7,000 drawings and prints in her career. The featured work, Igloos at Ikersak, was part of the 1975 Cape Dorset collection and is typical of Pitseolak’s work; depicting the traditional lifestyle of the Inuit peoples pre-European contact. The piece serves as a reminder of what their way of life previously resembled, so they can continue to demonstrate it to the younger generations after them. The co-operative style of the Cape Dorset community can be seen through Pitseolak’s signature located on the bottom right, the print maker’s below, and then the red igloo that indicates its production at Cape Dorset.
Catalog Number 1975.004.003