Gorgeous new print from the 2022 Dorset Print Collection: Adorned Walruses by Pauojoungie Saggiak
Pauojoungie Saggiak – Born in 1959 in Iqaluit, Pauojoungie is the daughter of Inooki and Qimirpikuluk Oqutaq. She has a sister Napatchie and two brothers Lasaloosie and Niviaqsi. Growing up she lived in various camps, the last one being just southeast of Cape Dorset. It is here that Pauojoungie had an opportunity to see all manner of birds and animals which she enjoyed so much that she began drawing wildlife. Pauojoungie and his family moved to the Cape Dorset community in the 1970s. At Kinngait Studios she became inspired by the work of other graphic artists, and this is where her work became adapted for the print medium. Pauojoungie’s highly accomplished work is characterized by bold lines and blocks of ofen heightened colours. Her compositions are distilled to their essence, which showcases an intuitive understanding of the subject matter.
Saggiak appeared in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection for the first time in 2016. Four of her prints were included in the collection and juxtapose themes of avian and sea life. Her bird prints were created using the stonecut and stencil method, allowing for crisp linework and precise blocks of colour on their plumage.
The other two prints were reproduced as lithographs and make use of colourful, regularly patterned motifs. Each fish and shell are uniquely designed, highlighting an array of diversity within the surficial organization.
The wildlife in Saggiak’s works are reflections of her memories spent on the land, all depicted with detailed realism and sensitivity.
Saggiak’s works were exhibited throughout commercial galleries in October 2016 as part of the 2016 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection tour, as well as at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit
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