Victoria Mamnguqsualuk Kayuryuk
Canadian, b. 1930
Bird Woman, c. 1977
coloured pencil, graphite on paper
50.8 x 66 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from Gulf Canada Limited
This talented daughter of artist Jessie Oonark spent her childhood with her paternal grandmother. She moved to Baker Lake in 1963 and was soon sewing wall hangings and creating carvings as well as drawings. Beginning in 1970 her drawings were made into prints for many annual print collections that followed. This drawing was used to create the Bird Woman print for the 1977 collection. Mamnguqsualuk is known for her interest in portraying traditional myths and legends, particularly those involving the hero Kiviuq, whose bird-wife is probably the subject of this work. Like the works by Oonark, Mamnguqsualuk’s compositions are symmetrical and stylized with repeated forms that revolve around a strong central focus; in this case, a woman inside the larger form of a giant bird.