Janet
Nungnik

Credit: Baker Lake Arts
Janet
Nungnik

Medium:

textile

Artistic Community:

Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


1954

Work

Biography

Janet Nungnik was born in a small camp west of Hudson Bay in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. Nungik is a member of both the Padlermiut and Ihalmiut and she grew up living traditionally on the land. As a child, Nungnik’s family moved to Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU, where Nungnik learned to create wall hangings by watching her mother, Martha Tiktak Anatalik. and Jessie Oonark at work. Nungnik creates brilliant wall hangings with layers of tactile elements such as beads, furs, and other materials, with special attention paid to the smallest and most intricate of details, such as the beadwork on an amauti. They are bright and full of life, most often representing memories of Nungnik’s life living on the land. She had her first solo exhibition in 2019.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
ART SEEN: Janet Nungnik's wall hangings evoke deeply felt memories of Inuit life May 1, 2019 Kevin Griffin
Janet Nungnik's wall hangings evoke deeply felt memories of Inuit life May 1, 2019 Kevin Griffin
The Eagle's Shadow: Inuit fabric artist Janet Nungnik tells the story of her life April 8, 2019 Galleries West

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
Janet Nungnik June 8 - Aug 25, 2019 McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The Eagle's Shadow March 30 - April 27, 2019 Marion Scott Gallery
Works on Cloth July 27 - Aug 30, 2002 Marion Scott Gallery