Mary Paninga­jak

B. 1961 Ivu­jivik, QC —

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Mary Paninga­jak is a woman of many ta­lents.

A gifted carver, jew­eller, graphic artist and print­maker, Paninga­jak is also cur­rently the mayor of her home­town of Ivu­jivik, Nu­navik, QC. Her fa­ther, Tivi Paninga­jak (1917–1991), was for a time the only artist pro­duc­ing prints in his com­mu­nity, a ded­i­ca­tion to this in­flu­en­tial medium that is echoed by his daugh­ter. Though there has not been a for­mal print re­lease from Nu­navik in nearly three decades, Paninga­jak works in­de­pen­dently, mak­ing in­cred­i­bly graphic and whim­si­cal prints that show­case lo­cal flora and tra­di­tional cul­ture. Her works are also quite per­sonal, of­ten record­ing events from her life and com­mu­nity. Un­ti­tled (2013), a paint­ing with a fiery or­ange back­ground, is in­scribed with a story of the artist’s fa­ther, ill in bed, be­ing com­forted by Paninga­jak and her younger brother. In this work Paninga­jak has taken a key event from her life and trans­lated it into a deeply pow­er­ful and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for those who view it.

COUR­TESY AVATAQ CUL­TURAL IN­STI­TUTE

Mary Paninga­jak (b. 1961 Ivu­jivik) — Un­ti­tled 2013 Acrylic paint and ink 57.5 × 76.5 cm

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