Lizzie Kumangu Sivuarapik was born on December 15, 1943 at Koartaq, a small camp situated between Puvirnituq and Inukjuak. She now lives in Povungnituk with her husband Thomassiapik Sivuarapik, whom she married in 1959, and their four children. Her husband ranks as one of the master sculptors of the Eastern Arctic; this is not to underestimate the fact that Lizzie herself comes from a long line of famous artists. Her uncle is the famous Johnny Inukpuk, and her father, commonly known as Moses POV, is also a sculptor. Lizzie’s mother is Annie Pov, her sister is Mina Kingalik.
Lizzie’s sculpture achieves a nice interplay of bold, geometric masses, and is a synthesis of the stylistic traditions of Inukjuak and Puvirnituq. She is an accomplished sculptor in a community where carving is dominated by males. However, her artistic endeavours also extend to the more traditional female activities of doll-making, which she teaches, basketry, and the art of making wallhangings. In 1983, she produced her first print.
Excerpt ©1997 Inuit Art Section, INAC
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