[O]ne of the first women to engage herself in the new arts projects in the late 1950s, Kenojuak [Ashevak] has been a sculptor and graphic artist for more than [thirty] years and is today one of the most widely recognized living Inuit artists.

Kenojuak Ashevak spent her early years living on the land following the traditional Inuit lifestyle. She was born at Ikirashaq and grew up travelling from camp to camp on South Baffin Island and, for a short period, in Arctic Quebec. As a very young woman, Kenojuak was married to [artist] Johnniebo Ashevak [and together] in the late 1950s at Keatuk [they] began to carve and draw. [Husband and wife] moved to Cape Dorset in 1966 and continued to work closely together until Johnniebo's death in 1972.

Kenojuak Ashevak's move to Cape Dorset opened the door to an important adventure. She has been one of the major contributors to the Cape DorsetCape Dorset print collections issued since 1959. She continues to be very active in the arts and is [continuously] exploring new themes and stylistic possibilities.1


1“Kenojuak Ashevak,” in Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset, Odette Leroux, Marion E. Jackson and Minnie Aodla Freeman, eds. Copyright © (Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization. Published by Douglas & McIntyre Ltd. 1994) 94.


Odette Leroux, Marion E. Jackson, and Minnie Aodla Freeman
Chris Finn, Sharona Adamowicz-Clements

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