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Annie Pootoogook | Prairies & The North

Born 1969, Cape Dorset, Baffin Island

Annie is an emerging artist who began drawing in 1997 under the encouragement of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Cape Dorset. She quickly developed a preference for drawing scenes from her own life, and has become a prolific graphic artist. Annie is the daughter of Napatchie and Eegyvudluk Pootoogook, and the granddaughter of renowned artist Pitseolak Ashoona.  Annie has been influenced by her mother’s graphics and the detailed drawings and prints of her uncle, Kananginak Pootoogook.

Annie’s artworks challenge conventional expectations of ‘Inuit’ art. Her subjects are not Arctic animals or scenes of nomadic existence from a time before settlement life; Annie is instead a chronicler of her times. She fills her domestic interiors with details such as clocks and calendars, as well as graduation photos, inspirational quotes, and inuktitut messages taped to the fridge in modern Inuit kitchens. Annie’s graphics are peppered with images of ATM cash machines, Playboy-style eroticism, the social services office, spousal abuse and the Iraqi war on television. The death of her mother, Napatchie, has recently led Annie to create a new series of soul-searching drawings reflecting on death and personal spirituality.  Annie has an exhibition at the Power Plant in Toronto (June 2006) and has had numerous group and solo shows at Felehey Fine Arts, her representing gallery.

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Watching Jerry Springer, 2002-03
Pencil crayon and ink on paper, 20" X 26"