Purchase - 1979.10.1
© Reproduced with the permission of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, Cape Dorset, Nunavut

1 Marion Jackson and Elda Ward, "Kenojuak," in Dorset 78: Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection 1978. (Toronto: M.F. Feheley Publishers, 1978), 51

2 Odette Leroux, Marion E. Jackson, and Minnie Aodla Freeman, eds., "Kenojuak Ashevak," in Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset. (Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1994), 94

I have been drawing a long time. ...At first, when I started drawing, I used just a black pencil and smaller paper than now. ...Sometimes when I put the paper down to draw, for a long time I leave it there trying to think of what I'm going to make. I always think maybe it will be better this way - or that it will be better that way. And sometimes when I really get stuck, I just go ahead and draw. A lot of times, I don't make what is in my head because, as I go along, it even gets better. Maybe a lot of the artists are like me. They get stuck, and as they go along, it just comes. ... 1

Kenojuak's move to Cape Dorset in the late 1950s opened the door to an important adventure. She was one of the first women to be involved in the new arts projects , and has been one of the major contributors to the Cape Dorset collective. The bird form is a popular image, and one that Kenojuak particularly favours; despite connections to traditional Inuit narrative and mythology, she just tries to "make something beautiful, that's all." 2

Read about the life of Kenojuak Ashevak