“Although (Mary) Ayaq Anowtalik started carving while still living on the land in the 1950s, her artistic career began in the mid-1960s. Her strong sense of family and tradition is very much evident in her work; like many Arviat artists, Ayaq Anowtalik concentrates on maternal and family themes. Although her sculptures are conceived as figural compositions, individual subjects are often difficult to distinguish as they emerge, sometimes only as faces, from the compact mass of the stone.”
Ingo Hessel. In “North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary” 1995.
Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.
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