Noanikhok

Noanikhok
Courtesy Noanikhok

Biography

Noanikhok is a multi-talented artist who engages in a variety of artistic practices, from drawing and oil painting to creating jewellery and art with organic materials. She was born in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU, and currently resides in Iqaluit, NU. 

Noanikhok’s penchant for art began at a young age. When she was three years old, she drew a still-life picture of one of her grandmother’s vases full of flowers. When Noanikhok’s caregiver came across the picture, she knew that Noanikhok had a unique artistic talent and shared what she had found with Noanikhok’s mother. This recognition of her talent at a young age is what started Noanikhok on her artistic journey. “I am still grateful for her part in my life to this day,” she says.[1]

Noanikhok likes to explore different themes in her work, such as stories, folklore, spirituality, and the fullness of emotion. She combines these themes with her artistic inspirations; she is inspired by her ancestors and the ongoing efforts of revitalization of culture by Inuit women and youth. “My art is a love note to my culture and land,” she says.

Combining different themes with her inspirations has led to a range of artistic creations, all with their own meaning. An oil painting that the artist created during a challenging time in her life, Takunnanguaqtangit (2020), is one that she holds close to her heart. In the centre of the painting, a figure holds a mask up to their face while shadowy hands reach in from all directions. Bright reds, oranges and yellows swim between three ravens, one of them menacingly perched at the top of the piece. Through this painting, Noanikhok beautifully expresses how she felt at that moment. “I thought of my ancestors and the strength and perseverance that they had, and I painted,” she says.

Noanikhok enjoys working on her art and trying new things. She is learning to work with sealskin and wants to begin incorporating it into pieces that she creates in the near future. In 2021, she opened an online shop where she shares her paintings, drawings, earrings and other artistic creations. 

 

This Profile was made possible through support from RBC Emerging Artists.


Artist Work

About Noanikhok

Medium:

Graphic Arts, Jewellery, Painting

Artistic Community:

Iqaluit, NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

1996