Gathering Spring Plants, 1984 by Eegyvudluk Ragee (1920-1983)
Gathering Spring Plants, 1984, Eegyvudluk Ragee (1920-1983), Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada, 30.5 x 24 inches, stone cut and stencil.
Eegyvudluk Ragee (1920-1983) began drawing in 1959 with the Baffin Island artist cooperative. Her work reflects the life of the arctic, with the everyday tasks of child-rearing and hunting intertwining with fantastical aspects of the spirit world.
Eegyvudluk began to draw in 1959. During those occasions when Egevadluq travelled to the settlement of Cape Dorset to trade for supplies, she would obtain graphite pencil and paper from the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Her early works filled entire sheets of paper - mythical creatures, bird-animal-human transformations, and images from reality - all intermingled one with the other at random. By the mid-1960s, Eegyvudluk was utilizing wax crayons, or coloured felt pens on paper. A refinement developed in her work, resulting in a more simplified approach, yet never completely the bird-animal-human theme.