Elizabeth Angrnaqquaq

Canadian, 1916–2003

Untitled, 1981

wool felt, embroidery floss, cotton thread on wool duffle

66.5 x 97 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery



Textile, Inuit

Fabric-collage wall hangings have been a distinctive art form in the Kivalliq community of Baker Lake since the early 1970s. Materials were often obtained by visiting art advisors Jack and Sheila Butler. Angrnaqquaq was one of the first women to use sewing skills to make fabric pictures instead of clothing. Her work has been shown in many group exhibitions since 1976, and she has had three solo exhibitions. Her style is distinctive as she uses the herringbone stitch almost exclusively. The stitches are adjusted to convey the varying textures of fur, feathers, moving water, and Arctic plants. In the WAG work the figures, as well as the spaces between them, are covered with stitches. Combined with a palette of lush colours, Angrnaqquaq’s landscapes vibrate with energy.

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