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Jolly Aningmiuq

Jolly Aningmiuq was a carver based out of Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. His work depicted subjects such as Sedna, drum dancers, and hunters.

Aningmiuq’s works incorporate a degree of transformative abstraction. The piece Sedna (n.d.) features the goddess with flippered hands, a narwhal emerging from the side of her body, alluding to her role as progenitor of all sea life and the protean nature of the ocean itself [1]. Aningmiuq communicates dynamism and animation through the anatomy of his figures. His sculpture Drummer (n.d.) emphasizes the torso of the figure, leaning forward in step with the rhythm of the song. The skin drum that the drummer holds provides a visual contrast to the green serpentine stone and engages the viewer’s sense of the imagined drumbeat.

Aningmiuq’s work has appeared in several private gallery exhibitions, noteably the 1991 exhibition Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters and the Next Generation held at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and Inuit : When Words Take Shape (2002) organized by the Galerie Art Inuit Brousseau and Museum d’Histoire Naturelle de Lyon.


1. “Lot 100 JOLLY ANINGMIUQ (1954-), E7-1329, Cape Dorset”, Waddingtons, accessed January 24, 2018, https://waddingtons.ca/pastauction/5/lot-100.