Phillipa Ik­siraq

B. 1944 Qa­mani’tuaq, NU —

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Based in Qa­mani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU, Phillipa Ik­siraq, along with her hus­band Thomas Ik­siraq, are long­time mem­bers of the Sanavik Co-op­er­a­tive As­so­ci­a­tion and have contribute­d reg­u­larly to their print col­lec­tions over the past four decades. Work­ing pri­mar­ily in sten­cil and silkscreen print­ing, com­mon among Ik­siraq’s works are de­pic­tions of an­i­mals and tra­di­tional life on the land that ap­pear to float against stark white back­grounds, as well as trans­for­ma­tion scenes of muskoxen, geese and more. In cer­tain in­stances, her trans­form­ing sub­jects bridge the land­scape and be­come part of it. Ik­siraq’s in­ter­est in the spir­i­tual also ma­te­ri­al­izes in Brain (1998), an an­i­mated sten­cil of weav­ing ser­pen­tine forms tan­gled by an un­seen force. See­ing draw­ing as an op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture per­sonal and col­lec­tive his­to­ries, Ik­siraq’s work com­bines both the myth­i­cal and pro­fane in or­der to con­tem­plate the cul­tural changes im­pact­ing north­ern com­mu­ni­ties.

COUR­TESY MALASPINA PRINT­MAK­ERS

Phillipa Ik­siraq (b. 1944 Qa­mani’tuaq) — Brain1998S­ten­cil57 × 39 cm

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