Mary Yuusipik Singaqti
Canadian, b. 1936
Summer Scenes, 1992
wool felt, embroidery floss on wool duffle
147 x 145 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation Inc.
Mary Yuusipik Singaqti began carving in the early 1960s after she moved to Baker Lake. Her sculpture was first shown in the 1964 WAG exhibition Eskimo Carvers of the Keewatin. In the mid-1960s she learned to sew from her talented mother Jessie Oonark. However, her textile work is quite different from that of her mother, as there is little repetition of forms or use of symmetry in her compositions. They are naturalistic depictions of camp life, animated with human figures and animals existing peacefully within Yuusipik’s well-defined borders. In this work, a rainbow adds another framing element to the different vignettes within the overall work. Delicate lines define details, and variegated embroidery floss in dense, herringbone-like stitches gives texture and variety to the figures.