Jessie Ke­nalo­gak

B. 1951 Qa­mani’tuaq, NU —

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In her dense, brightly coloured draw­ings, Jessie Ke­nalo­gak has cre­ated a world of her own. Although her com­po­si­tions oc­ca­sion­ally re­sem­ble those of fel­low Qa­mani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU, artist Si­mon Tookoome, whether she is work­ing in draw­ing, print­mak­ing, ceramic or tex­tile, Ke­nalo­gak’s work is dis­tinctly her own. The artist’s me­an­der­ing lines and highly pat­terned mark mak­ing, var­i­ously re­veal and ob­fus­cate tra­di­tional Inuit leg­ends, trans­for­ma­tion scenes and de­pic­tions of con­tem­po­rary life and cul­ture. Of­ten ex­e­cuted on black pa­per, Ke­nalo­gak be­gins her com­po­si­tions with bold, graphic out­lines of fig­ures in white coloured pen­cil. These forms are filled in with teardrops, curlicues, stripes and zig-zags in vi­brant hues that con­trast bril­liantly against the rich black­ness of their sup­port. Ke­nalo­gak’s work re­quires close, sus­tained view­ing, as new forms, sto­ries and lessons emerge with each new look.

Jessie Ke­nalo­gak (b. 1951 Qa­mani’tuaq) — Great­est Years of My Life2007Coloured pen­cil 60.9 × 91.4 cm

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