Every year I prepare skins, sew clothing, make soapstone carvings and I have also been drawing since the time they started buying drawings. I will put all of my abilities towards what needs doing, as long as my abilities are available to me. There are times when it is difficult if I’ve not yet learned how to do something. But as we are the only ones living at our outpost camp I do get things done! There has never been anyone there to answer my questions, so I’ve had to learn how to do things and make things on my own.
- Mayoreak, Ashoona, from Inuit Women Artists, 1994.
For a very long time Mayoreak lived at an outpost camp and being great distances away from people demands self-sufficiency. This required an income to provide for necessities. So Mayoreak took up carving as well as drawing because it made economic sense to do so and also kept herself occupied. Mayoreak’s carvings are very dynamic and strong and having uniquely feminine perspectives in their rendering as do her drawings. You can see the influences from her background in the art she produces. Ashoona draws in a variety of styles (including abstract) and the figures that she produces are engaged in a variety of activities. Ashoona has in the context of her paintings and drawings an ability to explore, to work and capture the essence and master techniques of abstract or figurative representation through symmetry and balance.*
*Reflections on Mayoreak Ashoona from a telephone interview conducted with Robert Kussy (son-in-law of Kiawak Ashoona), conducted at the Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. November 2002.
Mayoreak and her husband, Kaka, also an accomplished artist moved back to the land in the late 1970’s to return to a more traditional lifestyle.
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CARIBOU GATHEREtching & Aquatint 201261 x 68.5 cm$600.00 CDNReleased in the 2012 collectionDorset ID#: 12-10View full product details
CARIBOU IN THE DISTANCELithograph 198051 x 66.5 cm$325.00 CDNReleased in the 1980 collectionDorset ID#: 80-L18View full product details
CLEANING FISHLithograph 198155.5 x 71 cm$300.00 CDNReleased in the 1981 collectionDorset ID#: 81-L20View full product details
FIRST GOOSE HUNTLithograph 197950.5 x 66 cm$250.00 CDNReleased in the 1979 collectionDorset ID#: 79-L17View full product details
INUGAKTUUK (BONE GAME)Lithograph 199356.3 x 76 cm$250.00 CDNReleased in the 1993 collectionDorset ID#: 93-23View full product details
ISSHUMAVUT (OUR THOUGHTS)Stonecut 199653 x 76 cm$500.00 CDNReleased in the 1996 collectionDorset ID#: 96-21View full product details
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LAND AND SEASCAPEStonecut & Stencil 198463.5 x 79.5 cm$200.00 CDNReleased in the 1984 collectionDorset ID#: 84-20View full product details
MEMORIES OF THE PASTStonecut 199352.5 x 75.5 cm$350.00 CDNReleased in the 1993 collectionDorset ID#: 93-22View full product details
PUTTING UP THE TENTLithograph 198154.5 x 65.5 cm$325.00 CDNReleased in the 1981 collectionDorset ID#: 81-L19View full product details
PUTTING UP THE TENTLithograph 198251 x 66.5 cm$250.00 CDNReleased in the 1982 collectionDorset ID#: 82-L19View full product details
RABBITS AT DAWNStonecut 200662 x 79 cm$600.00 CDNReleased in the 2006 collectionDorset ID#: 06-13View full product details
RAVEN'S DOMAINStonecut 199555.6 x 63.3 cm$350.00 CDNReleased in the 1995 collectionDorset ID#: 95-26View full product details
SHARPENING THE ULUStonecut 198949 x 62 cm$200.00 CDNReleased in the 1989 collectionDorset ID#: 89-16View full product details
UPPIRUQPALLIAJUK (TRANSFORMING TO AN OWL)Stonecut 199862 x 76 cm$500.00 CDNReleased in the 1998 collectionDorset ID#: 98-12View full product details
VISIONLithograph & Stencil 199556.7 x 76.1 cm$450.00 CDNReleased in the 1995 collectionDorset ID#: 95-27View full product details
VISION OF BIRDSLithograph 199357.4 x 57 cm$250.00 CDNReleased in the 1993 collectionDorset ID#: 93-24View full product details
WALRUS AND BIRDStonecut & Stencil 199462.1 x 76.3 cm$350.00 CDNReleased in the 1994 collectionDorset ID#: 94-25View full product details