Fanny Al­gaalaga Avat­i­tuq

b. 1950 Qa­mani’tuaq, NU

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - – David Ford

Fanny Al­gaalaga Avat­i­tuq is an amaz­ing tex­tile artist. She works at the Jessie Oonark Cen­tre al­most every af­ter­noon and has been mak­ing wall hang­ings for many years but hasn’t been given much ex­po­sure. Most of her works are sold lo­cally and rarely cir­cu­late in south­ern mar­kets. This said, she is a very skilled artist. Fanny, much like her mother-in-law, Ruth Qaullu­aryuk Nuilaa­lik, creates works that pri­mar­ily fea­ture flow­ers or leaves, re­sult­ing in dense, all-over pat­terns. And al­though they make sim­i­lar work, Fanny’s pieces are still highly orig­i­nal. A per­fec­tion­ist, Fanny will have a wall hang­ing al­most fin­ished but run out of green thread and then tear out all of the stitches to redo them in blue or some other colour, so that ev­ery­thing is har­mo­nious. All are per­fectly square, which is very dif­fi­cult when you make works with lots of tight stitch­ing. Large wall hang­ings can take Fanny a month or two to make, so we do not get to see as many of her works as we’d like. But when they do come through, they are al­ways ex­cep­tional.

COUR­TESY CRAFT ON­TARIO

Fanny Al­gaalaga Avat­i­tuq Un­ti­tled c. 2015 Wool and em­broi­dery thread on wool duf­fle 71.1 × 91.4 cm

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