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i u a pi pu pa ti tu ta ki ku ka gi gu ga mi mu ma ni nu na si su sa li lu la ji ju ja vi vu va ri ru ra qi qu qa ngi ngu nga lhi lhu lha

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Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq, ᐃᕆᓐ ᐊᕙᓚᑭᐊ



stroud, felt, thread, embroidery floss, c. 1970

47.5 x 65 in — 120.7 x 165.1 cm

The York Downs Golf and Country Club Collection of Art, Unionville, ON

For the Club’s relocation from Bathurst Street to its current location in Unionville, all new artwork was acquired.  The relocation process took place between 1968 and 1971 and the wall hangings were acquired during that time.  When the Clubhouse opened in 1971, the new art collection including paintings by top Canadian artists was put on display. This work along with lot 80 & 81 was displayed in the dining room from opening day until about 1990.

This green, yellow, black and red textile is decorated with supernatural figures. The border is adorned with animal and human faces and Inuktut syllabics which translate in English to Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake) along the top and the artist’s name, Avaalaaqiaq along the bottom.

This work on cloth by Avaalaaqiaq is from an early period in her career and exhibits her unique visual narratives. She has layered one panel of fabric over another to create a frame around the body of the work. Her later textiles would utilize appliqued borders shaped into profiles of faces. There is a sense of playfulness conveyed by these composite figures.

Estimate: $3,000—4,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2018-05-29 Waddington's 85 3,000 4,000 2,880.00

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