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ANGRNAQQUAQ, Elizabeth

Born
Garry Lake, Nunavut, 1916
Died
?, 2003
Biography synopsis
Elizabeth Angrnaqquaq (also known as Arngnatkoak/Anakoak/Arnatquaq/Angrnatquaq) was born in a nomadic camp in Nunavat. She lived a traditional Inuit life until the 1950s when, threatened with poor health and starvation, she and her family settled in Baker Lake, Nunavut. Here she learned to apply the traditional skill of sewing skin clothing to the art of producing images with needles. Angrnaqquaq was one of the pioneer members of a group of Inuit women artists who first began producing embroidered and appliquéd wallhangings in Baker Lake. In 1976 she was commissioned by the Public Works Department to create a wallhanging for the Post Office in Lakefield, Ontario. Angrnaqquaq’s work has been shown in Toronto, Winnipeg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington and is held in many public and private collections across Canada.
Media used
Textiles
File & Archive locations
University of Calgary Library, AB
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Biographies of Inuit Artists, Volumes One and Two. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Producers, Arctic Co-operatives Limited, 1984.
"Elizabeth Angrnaqquaq." Katilivik: Online Inuit Community. 2012
http://www.katilvik.com/content/bio/view.php?bid=2221&criteria=community&q=Lake.
Blodgett, Jean and Irene Snarby. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Sámi and Inuit art, 2000-2005. Hamilton, Ontario: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2007.
Butler, Sheila. "Wall Hangings From Baker Lake." Beaver (Autumn 1972): 26-31.
Driscoll-Engelstad, Bernadette. Uumajut - Animal Imagery in Inuit Art. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1985.
Dykk, Lloyd. "Walk on the North Shore side: Tour of North and West Vancouver art finds works ranging from silly to sublime." Vancouver Sun 26 Apr 2008: F7.
Fernstrom, Katharine and Anita Jones. Northern Lights: Inuit Textile Art from the Canadian Arctic. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1993.
Heller, Jules and Nancy. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century. New York: Garland, 1995.
Hessel, Ingo and Dieter. Inuit Art: An Introduction. Michigan: Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
Kardosh, Judy. Works on Cloth: Imagery by artists of Baker Lake, Nunavut. Vancouver, British Columbia: Marion Scott Gallery, 2002.
Kardosh, Robert. Vision and Form: the Norman Zepp-Judith Varga Collection of Inuit Art. Vancouver, British Columbia: Marion Scott Gallery, 2003.
Laurence, Robin. "Outside & In: Towards a Culture of Place." Artists for Kids 2003
http://www.artists4kids.com/images/vgallery/LaurenceEssay.pdf.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/aac-aic/description-about.app?lang=en.
Muehlen, Maria. "Baker Lake Tapestries." Inuit Art Quarterly 7.3 (1992): 6-11.
Nasby, Judith. "Canadian Inuit art from Baker Lake." Inuit Art Quarterly 15 (2000): 43-45.
Schrager, Reissa. "Embroidered & Appliquéd Wall Hangings by Elizabeth Arnaqquaq of Beaver Lake." Inuit Art Quarterly 1 (Summer 1986): 9-10.
Scott, Michael. "Works on Cloth a Meeting of Tribal and Contemporary Art." Vancouver Sun 29 July 2002: B6.
Walsh, Meeka. Elizabeth Angrnaqquaq: Wall Hangings. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Upstairs Gallery, 1988.

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