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Mayoreak Ashoona

Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

Mayoreak was born in 1946 at the South Baffin camp known as Saturituk.
She was married to the late Kaka Ashoona, a notable carver and the son
of the late Pitseolak Ashoona. After Kaka's death, Mayoreak and her
children moved back to Cape Dorset from their isolated camp on the
southern coast of Baffin Island.


Bio on the back of her art card

Cultural Background: Inuit

"Every year I prepare skins, sew clothing, make soapstone carvings and I
have also been drawing since the time they started buying drawings. I
will put all of my abilities towards what needs doing, as long as my
abilities are available to me. There are times when it is difficult if
I've not yet learned how to do something. But as we are the only ones
living at our outpost camp I do get things done! There has never been
anyone there to answer my questions, so I've had to learn how to do
things and make things on my own."

For a very long time Mayoreak lived at an outpost camp and being great
distances away from people. So, Mayoreak took up carving as well as
drawing because it made economic sense to do so and also kept herself
occupied. Mayoreak's carvings are very dynamic and strong and having
uniquely feminine perspectives in their rendering as do her drawings.
Ashoona draws in a variety of styles (including abstract) and the
figures that she produces are engaged in a variety of activities.
Ashoona has in the context of her paintings and drawings an ability to
explore, to work and capture the essence and master techniques of
abstract or figurative representation through symmetry and balance.

Mayoreak and her husband, Kaka, also an accomplished artist moved back
to the land in the late 1970's to return to a more traditional
lifestyle.

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