Joanasie Manning

Courtesy of IAF

Joanasie Manning is a carver from an artistic family, born in Kinngait, NU, where he continues to reside. Manning is inspired by the work of his grandfather, Osuitok Ipeelee (1922-2005), RCA, who also taught him to carve [1]; Manning’s mother is textile and jewellery artist Annie Manning (1943-).  

Manning works with a combination of hand and power tools, primarily in local serpentine stone and antler. His approach to the stone takes into account its striations, an effect for texture and plumage for his work. An artist by occupation since 1987 [2], Manning has been developing his owl series, carved in small groupings, with hatchlings or owls joyously balancing on one foot. Manning’s style is characterized by angular forms, and his owls have wide, luminous eyes of inset bone that gaze every direction. Manning’s consideration of positive and negative space works together with the physical and visual weight of stone. His depictions of owls and hatchlings gathered together juxtaposes the physical weight of stone with the idea of real birds and the impression of lightness. 

Balanced precariously on one foot, wings radiating up or outwards, Dancing Owl (n.d.) is carved from deep green serpentine stone, with lighter striations acting as chest plumage for the bird. The body is more angular and geometric in its depiction, stylized by Manning to create a juxtaposition between the physical weight of the stone, and its ability to depict lightness and flight with the carving balanced on a single foot. Manning’s play with gravity and weight reveals the inherent adaptability of the medium, as well as Manning’s mastery of it.  

Joanasie Manning’s work has been in exhibitions nationally, and is held in the collections of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, England, and the Galerie Art Inuit Brousseau in Quebec City. His work was Maos included in the 2005 book “Cape Dorset Sculpture” by Nigel Reading and Derek Norton.

About Joanasie Manning



Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU



Date of Birth:

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06 June 1967
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